Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Central NJ, U.S.
From vomiting/bloody diarrhea, Ava now has PDA -- now what?
So for all those who lend their thoughts, suggestions, prayers, and positive energy to me last week during Ava's vomiting and bloody diarrhea episode, many thanks again for being there.
As you know during the vet visits last week, they discovered that she has an abnormally large heart (say 25% larger than expected for a 10 month old). Today was the cardiologist appointment and they discovered during the ECHO that she has PDA -- Patent Ductus Arteriosus. There was a strong recommendation for surgery. Of course I read up on it and would like to hear other people's thoughts.
Prior before the cardiologist appointment, my dad had suggested that no matter what we don't do any surgery. The way the vet explained it was that it was just removing a part of the shunt that was suppose to disappear during her development in the womb. In my head it's very simple -- remove.
I'm kind of emotionally crushed that we have to go the surgery route since the vet since no medication will help. Rationally and logically I'm all for it especially given the high mortality rate if I don't do the surgery. Again, emotionally I'm upset that she would have to go through that kind of surgery and the possibility of losing her so early.
I signed a contract that the puppy has a one year health guarantee (will have to double check -- I'm at work now). I'll be notifying my breeder but what kind of support should I expect or ask of her?