Tita Needs Heart Surgery
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Ended Apr 29, 2014
Tita has a PDA. Not your smart phone, not your Balckberry or Iphone but a congenital heart defect called a Patent Ductus Arteriosus. After having a litter of puppies down South, she was sent here to ARNNE to find a forever home. Her physical exam ...

Tita has a PDA. Not your smart phone, not your Balckberry or Iphone but a congenital heart defect called a Patent Ductus Arteriosus.

After having a litter of puppies down South, she was sent here to ARNNE to find a forever home. Her physical exam revealed the characteristic machinery heart murmur. Think of putting a sneaker in the dryer and hearing that thumping going on. An echocardiogram performed by Dr. Tom Rossiat the Animal Ultrasound Clinic in Salem, NH confirmed the defect.

With a PDA, the oxygenated blood that is in the aorta does not get pumped into the body but goes back into the pulmonary artery over and over. The heart has to work much harder to pump needed blood to the body and account for the blood that keeps getting recirculated into the lungs.

Fortunately, the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Red Bank, New Jersey has a cardiology group that has an ongoing study for PDA correction! Tita qualified to have the corrective surgery for $2,500.

Typically this surgery costs $5,000 but we can make the trip to NewJersey so she can truly have the trip of a lifetime. Without surgery, she will go into heart failure within the year. With surgery, her prognosis is excellent with no medications required.

Tita  is very cautious around people but now that she has been in a foster home for a couple of months, she has warmed right  and with the fosters other dogs. She is very snuggley and a total love bug. If her foster mom is sitting on the couch and there is even 2" of room between foster mom and the other dogs, she will squeeze her body in between so that she can snuggle.. She loves her toys and will throw them up in the air and toss them around. She even does this outside with them. Her fav is a stuffed Eeyore that her foster mom got at Pet Adoption Day last month. <3

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