Poppy the puppy with PDA

Update 1-13-23: We’re happy to share that Poppy’s surgery was a success and her prognosis is excellent! An echocardiogram was performed the morning following surgery and showed normal blood flow throughout her heart. Both the surgeon and cardiologist are pleased with the outcome. 

Poppy is now back at her foster home recovering. She’s acting like her normal, happy self and seems comfortable. Looking ahead, she has two weeks of exercise restriction followed by a repeat echocardiogram in 1-2 months. 

Thank you for your support through Poppy’s PDA journey!

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We’re sharing the story of Poppy. This adorable and totally sweet, endearing puppy is not available for adoption at this time but we will post her once she’s cleared following surgery. 

Poppy was released by her breeder after being diagnosed with a heart murmur. Shortly after coming into rescue, she saw the cardiologist for a work up and was diagnosed with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). This is a congenital heart defect that occurs when a large heart vessel (ductus arteriosus) fails to close down at birth.

The goal of surgery is to close the ductus arteriosus and have normal blood flow in the heart chambers. When PDA is caught and treated early, most dogs will enjoy a long, normal life without further heart problems.

Poppy doesn’t know she’s sick. She’s a typical, happy Cavalier puppy. She’s keeping her foster family on their toes with her silly puppy antics and abundance of playful energy! She charms everyone she meets and is popular amongst the staff at the specialty clinic. 

Besides being very small for her age (3.8 lbs. at 13 weeks), this sweet pup is otherwise asymptomatic. 

She is scheduled for surgery on January 11th and we will update this page in the days following surgery. 

If you’d like to make a donation toward Poppy’s medical care, you can do so by clicking the following link: https://cavalier-rescue-usa.snwbll.com/poppy-s-heart-surgery  Poppy’s expenses have been $6885 thus far.

You can read more about PDA here: PDA

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