Curly Sue was found with her litter of siblings in a severe hoarding situation in Baja, California. Over 100 doodles were rescued from horrible conditions. Curly Sue’s litter was located in a room lit only by red lights and covered in sawdust and feces. There were also several other litters of puppies in the same room, so rescuers were on high alert for signs of parvovirus and other common issues in unvaccinated and neglected puppies.
Every rescued doodle was evaluated once they arrived at Animal Pad. While Curly Sue luckily did not have parvovirus, vets did detect a heart murmur. She had an appointment with a cardiologist who determined she has Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), an opening between the two major blood vessels leading from the heart. The opening naturally closes after birth but Curly Sue’s did not.
This condition can result in serious, life-threatening changes in the way the heart pumps blood through the heart and to the rest of the body. If surgery is not performed to correct this, Curly Sue will go into heart failure in as little as one year. Due to Curly Sue’s small size, a less invasive procedure is not an option, and she will need open heart surgery. Her prognosis with surgery is excellent, and the surgeons on her case are confident she will get through it.