Our thanks to Gareth Griffiths of Lumiére Photography who helped us by taking these photos

Meet Cider and Chucky who are in need of help from our Broken Heart Fund. They
have both been to see a specialist and had and echography which revealed the following:

Cider has ventricular septal defect (a hole in the heart) which is relatively small and closure of
this is not recommended at the moment. However he also has pulmonic stenosis (the narrowing of
the heart's pulmonary valve) and balloon valvuloplasty is the treatment used for this which involves
passing catheters into the heart and using a special balloon to open up the restricted valve leaflets.

Chucky has a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) The findings of left atrial and ventricular dilation
suggest significant volume overload secondary to the PDA and the specialist has been
recommended closure of this as soon as possible. As Chucky is so tiny (2kg) surgical
closure has been recommended.

The cost of these operations, medication and after care is expected to be between
£1,500 and £2,000 for each puppy. If you can help us mend these broken hearts by
donating we would be very grateful.

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