Heart Surgery for PetNet's Stuart

Stuart is a Maltese/Yorkie Mix puppy that was recently relinquished to us. We took him right in to see the Cardiology team at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus)... He needs surgery ASAP!

*What is a PDA?
•PDA is the failure of a large blood vessel, the ductus arteriosus, to close just after birth.
•In the fetus, this vessel is normal and allows blood to bypass the lungs since the lungs are not used during development in the uterus. This vessel runs from the aorta to the pulmonary artery.
•At birth, the vessel should close within hours, directing blood to flow into the newly inflated lungs.

Most dogs and cats that undergo correction of their PDA have good to excellent long term prognosis, and most will lead a completely normal life after surgery. Some patients that were in congestive heart failure prior to their procedure may have to remain on some cardiac drugs long term. This is determined by your cardiologist on an individual pet basis. Thus, it is important to try to correct your pet’s PDA prior to them going into congestive heart failure.

You can read all about it here:

This surgery, which must be performed by a board-certified Cardiologist, will cost $2,800-$3,200, and must be done THIS Thursday, 7/20. He will see the Cardiologist again on Wednesday, 7/19, be hospitalized overnight, then go to surgery the following morning.

Stuart's surgery is URGENT as he could go into heart-failure at any time. We must pay 1/2 of the high end of the estimate ($1,600) when we drop him off for surgery, then the remainder will be due at discharge!

Thank you in advance for helping us save "Stuart Little" <3

***Please Note: We will NOT be accepting Adoption Applications until Stuart finishes his post-op rechecks, and is medically cleared by his Cardiologist***

PetNet Rescue is a foster-based 501(c)3 Licenses Non-Profit Rescue Organzation in Central Illinois.


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