Meet the cute puppies born with heart problems that could’ve stopped them reaching their first birthdays

New surgery at a Yorkshire veterinary office saved three puppies from potentially life-threatening heart problems.

The Cocker Spaniels Merlin and Poppy and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Amelia have been diagnosed with open ductus arteriosus (PDA), a disease that affects two large heart vessels. Most dogs diagnosed will develop heart failure.

However, a new keyhole operation at Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield has saved them and their owners hope they will now lead healthy lives.

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Merlin’s owner Louise Jarvis from Selby said: “Merlin is a working cocker spaniel puppy who was born in February and the breeder has told us that she has a heart murmur.

“I wasn’t too concerned as this can happen with puppies and we were already attached to them.

“However, when I took her to the vet for her second vaccination, I was told that the murmur had risen from four to six, which is as bad as it gets. I felt like the ground had fallen out of my world, especially after losing three dogs last year. “

Half of the dogs diagnosed with PDA, like Amelia, don’t make it to their first birthday

Louise and Merlin have been referred to Chris Linney, director of cardiology at Paragon. He operated on Merlin on the day she was admitted.

The operation went well and Merlin went home the next day, where Louise says she is recovering well.

Chris said, “This is a common complaint that results in profound changes in a dog’s heart function. Without surgery, the prognosis is poor, as half of the affected dogs will not reach their first birthday.

Heart problems in puppies

Merlin and the other two pups were operated on successfully

“With the increase in dog ownership and new puppy registrations, the number of puppies we see born with heart defects has also increased.

“The good news is that early surgery for this condition is curable – some heart conditions can be fixed.”

Chris added that all three surgeries went well and the pups went home the next day.

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Lesley Kilcoyne of Goole found that something was wrong with eight-week-old Amelia when a vet heard a heart murmur.

“In more than 40 years of breeding, I have never had a heart murmur at the vet, so I was shocked. Two weeks later it was still there, so I contacted a cardiologist who confirmed that Amelia had a PDA, “she said.

“I was very concerned and was referred to Paragon who were excellent. Chris and his team were very professional and supportive and kept us informed of every step.

Paragon recently invested £ 100,000 in new equipment for its cardiology service to offer new diagnoses and treatments.

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