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I'm still waiting on a link to the actual live video link.
10/9/13: It is with a very heavy heart that I write this update. Eeyore had his EKG at LSU this morning. We made sure to tell the vets that he was unable to stand and was refusing to walk. We felt this was certainly due to the heart failure he was experiencing. As the day went on, test after test, we discovered that Eeyore's heart was much worse than anyone imagined. He had a hole in the septum between the two chambers of his heart. This would be fixed with a plug, which there was no guarantee would hold in place. With the knowledge of this weighing on our minds, we continued with x-rays. What they showed brought us all to tears. Both of Eeyore's hips were dislocated and broken, as well as a spinal injury and a broken knee. His chance of survival plummeted as we realized the severe magnitude of his injuries. He was suffering...and though we prayed and tried...it was time to let him rest. With two of our officers by his side, we lead him to the rainbow bridge. Our hearts now too are broken. Someone said earlier today, "I wish there was a way to help him understand just how many people are good and love him and want him to be happy, loved and healthy". I can say with certainty, that in his final days he saw all of those things. I, personally, have been so touched by the support he was given. Thank you all for your outpouring of love and support. Forever in our hearts....R.I.P. little EeyoreShare This Update!
10/9/13: Little Eeyore is having his echocardiogram today. Please keep him in your thoughts. Also, NBC WVLA channel 33 will be airing a segment today at 5pm on this story. Be sure to tune in if you're able to. I will post a link to the interview as soon as its available. Thanks again for all of your support!Share This Update!
10/08/13: We have raised the goal to $2,500 because there has been another procedure that is being added to Eeyore's treatment. Eeyore is going to have an echocardiogram tomorrow before he is able to have surgery. This needs to be done before he can undergo any type of surgical procedure. To make a long story short, Eeyore is wagging his tail and eating, but seems exhausted. He isn't walking and refuses to stand. This is common in heart failure - so time is ticking. He is being given the best of care and all precautions are being taken to give him the future he deserves! Thanks to all who have donated to this fabulous little pup's cause!Share This Update!
Here's a little more info about Eeyore's conditionShare This Update!
Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA): An Overview
The ductus arteriosus is a blood vessel which connects the aorta to the pulmonary artery. In the fetus this blood vessel is normally present and functions to divert blood around the lungs which are not yet functioning. Shortly after birth this vessel will normally close; when it does not patent ductus arteriosus is the result. PDA is one of the most common cardiac birth defects seen in dogs. Females are more likely to be affected than males. Normally the blood flows from the right side of the heart to the lungs, then into the left side of the heart and out to the rest of the body. In PDA some of the blood which is leaving the left side of the heart is channeled back into the lungs. Because of this the heart must work harder to make sure enough blood is getting to the rest of the body. If this condition goes with out treatment premature death is likely.
Any dog can be affected by this condition but there are certain breeds which are at a higher risk for developing it than others. These breeds include the German Shepherd, Maltese, Cocker Spaniel, Poodle, Pomeranian, and Shetland Sheepdog.
Causes of Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Patent ductus arteriosus is inherited which means it can be passed from parents to offspring. The mode of inheritance is very complex and not fully understood.
Symptoms of Patent Ductus Arteriosus
In the early stages of PDA there are normally no noticeable signs. The first sign that your dog may have PDA is a heart murmur. This heart murmur is usually called a machinery, or continuous, murmur. In later stages of the disease breathing difficulties, coughing, exercise intolerance, and inactivity may be seen. Depending on the severity of the case congestive heart failure may result.