Ada, a 10 week old Coton De Tuleur puppy, was brought into us by her owner for a Puppy health. She had already had a puppy check and first vaccination at 8 weeks by the breeder’s vet; however her owner wanted to get her health checked after picking her up, as most new owners do.
Our Vet identified that Ada had a heart murmur to the left side of the heart during the routine health check. One of the main aspects of a clinical exam is for the vet to check the heart and chest using their stethoscope. Peter felt that the heart murmur was possibly a congenital abnormality and recommended a heart scan. The scan showed that Ada had a quite rare, but treatable heart abnormality, Patent Ductus Arteriosus.
Patent Ductus Arteriosus is a serious but treatable heart condition that can occur in puppies. It is a feature of animals and humans in the womb that the aorta and the pulmonary artery are connected by a blood vessel called the ductus arteriosus. Though necessary while in the womb, this connection should naturally rectify and detach when the puppy is born.
Sometimes this does not happen and the two vessels stay connected. As long as these vessels are connected and the oxygenated and non oxygenated blood is mixed, putting a strain on the heart.
This condition requires specialist heart surgery and the procedure is risky. Peter referred Ada quickly and she was able to receive this specialist surgery before the condition started to cause a problem to Ada’s health.
We are happy to report that the surgery was a success and Ada has made a full recovery and she no longer has a heart condition. We were recently able to carry out her spay procedure safely and Ada continues to be a happy and healthy puppy.