A British Veterinary Center recently underwent major surgery on a Pomeranian puppy diagnosed with a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). PDA is a condition in which a small opening persists between the two main blood vessels that leave the heart, the aorta and pulmonary artery. The surgery was done to save the puppy’s life, and it involved very carefully identifying and separating small blood vessels using only blunt instruments. A suture is then passed around the blood vessel to tie it permanently, as it should occur naturally at birth.
The surgery was particularly challenging due to the puppy’s small size (only 825 grams) and blood vessel length of only 3 mm. Common devices used in this case are not small enough. Waiting for the right device could cause further damage to a heart already affected by the opening. So surgeon Dr. Ahmad Jakish DVM had to come up with an alternative to avoid damaging blood vessels. The life-saving surgery was a success and it was the first time Dr Jakish DVM has performed on such a small puppy.
According to Dr. Jakish DVM: “This is a life-saving procedure. Not having the surgery and leaving a persistent opening can cause the puppy to suffer from heart failure at six to nine months.” He has had this procedure three times before, but The surgery was performed on a much larger puppy.
Established in 1991, the British Veterinary Center continues to improve veterinary standards in the Bay Area by investing in expertise and equipment to provide the best care for pets in the region. Their successful surgery on the Pomeranian puppy reaffirmed their commitment to providing top-notch veterinary care.
For more information on UK Veterinary Centers and their services, visit their website or contact them directly.