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Patent Ductus Arteriosus

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If the puppy is over 3 months, do the surgery if possible. PDA can self correct up to about 12 months if it is very mild. If the blood flow has reversed in the heart, it is too late to do the surgery and the puppy should be pts but if caught before that, the surgery usually works very well. The downside is the huge cost that most breeders cannot afford. No puppy with PDA should ever be sold and most breeders opt to just let the affected puppy live for as long as it is comfortable before having it PTS. Some opt to pts if it has not resolved on it's own by 3 months. Otherwise they usually survive 4-6 years if left alone, depending on the severity of the condition. In their final year or two, lots of very expensive medications can keep them going for a bit longer. Most puppies that survive the surgery, live normal lives afterwards.

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Thanks dancin. Turns out the pup doesn't have PDA thankfully. He does have a Grade 4 murmur but his condition is not considered life threatening at this stage.

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Thanks dancin. Turns out the pup doesn't have PDA thankfully. He does have a Grade 4 murmur but his condition is not considered life threatening at this stage.

oh Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's a relief

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