Twyla was brought to the vet with her littermates for a routine health exam. When the vet listened to Twyla’s heart, they detected a severe heart murmur. When the breeder was told about Twyla’s condition, they attempted to sell her in the lobby of the vet clinic.
All of Twyla’s littermates were taken home by the breeder while Twyla, who could not be profited on, was left at the clinic. She remained under the care of a vet tech who offered to foster her while they searched for a rescue. After several weeks, Vintage Pet Rescue agreed to take Twyla.
Twyla immediately was seen by a cardiologist. An echocardiogram confirmed that she has a congenital defect called Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA.) In the heart, the ductus arteriosus is a hole that regulates how much blood reaches the lungs. When a puppy continues to grow normally, this opening begins to close. In cases like Twyla’s, the blood vessel has remained open, drastically changing how the heart pumps blood.
This condition requires surgery as soon as possible. If left untreated, a PDA will lead to heart failure and death early in life.