CAN YOU HELP US FIX THE BROKEN HEARTED?
Each year at Many Tears we get puppies who arrive with heart problems. The most common problems we encounter are a congenital heart disease called Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) and Pulmonic Stenosis.
Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Normally the ductus arteriosus (which is a short blood vessel) allows blood to bypass the lungs of an unborn puppy. If the duct fails to close after the puppy’s birth, blood leaks back into the heart through the opening and leads to heart failure. The hole can be repaired by surgery and this can cure the problem if performed early in the puppy's life.
Is a narrowing of the connection between the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery that leads to the lungs. This makes the heart work harder to push blood through the narrow opening. Heart muscles sometimes compensate by growing stronger, but many times the heart defect becomes life-threatening.
Of course these proceedures cost money - usually in the region of £1800-£2000. This includes the initial consultation, surgery itself and postoperative care, together with any medication that the puppy may need. If you would like to help us fix our pups broken hearts please make a donation to the Broken Heart Fund.