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Waggy Tales – Mildred

In this waggy tale we meet 9-month-old, Clumber Spaniel, Mildred.

Mildred and her brother George have been with the Conroy family since they were just a few weeks old. It was during Mildred and George’s very first visit to their local vets for their second inoculation, that a heart murmur was discovered.

She was booked for a heart scan and PDA, ‘Patent Ductus Arteriosus’, was diagnosed.

Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), is a heart defect that occurs when the ductus arteriosus fails to close down at birth.

The ductus arteriosus is an arterial shunt between the aorta and the pulmonary artery, the two main blood vessels leading from the heart. It is normally present during fetal development.

The developing fetus receives all of its oxygen needs through the placenta, and the developing lungs are deflated. As part of the fetal circulation, the ductus arteriosus allows the majority of circulating blood to bypass the lungs. Therefore, while the fetus is in the uterus, the ductus arteriosus is normally open, or “patent”.

When the newborn puppy takes its first breath, the ductus is stimulated to close down. Closure of the ductus arteriosus ensures that blood will circulate through the inflated lungs and become oxygenated.

If the ductus arteriosus fails to close properly after birth, the difference in pressure between the pulmonary artery and the aorta means that the blood will ‘take the path of least resistance’ and flow from the aorta through the Patent Ductus Arteriosus into the pulmonary artery. The pulmonary artery then needlessly recirculates this oxygenated blood back to the lungs. Since less blood is now being pumped into the main circulation through the aorta with each heartbeat, the left side of the heart is forced to work harder to meet the demands of the body.

 ‘As you can imagine we were devastated and worried as 50% of dogs with PDA die within the first year if not rectified.’ Says mum Kim.

Mildred and her family had to wait until she was six months old before the procedure could be carried out. They were referred to The Willows at Birmingham. 

‘This was a very worrying time, but Buddies were brilliant. Having a Buddies insurance policy gave us one less thing to worry about. Buddies paid the Willows direct, which just left the excess to be paid by ourselves.’ Adds Kim.

Thankfully the procedure has been a success and Mildred will lead a completely normal life. 

‘George and Mildred are living up to their namesakes she is definitely in charge and keeps him in check.’ Says Kim.

A Huge thank you to Kim and her family for sharing Mildred’s tale. If you would like to know more about Buddies pet insurance policies, click here.

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