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Hey Guys,

Last friday little Ruby and myself went in to the vets to have her 6 month check up. Previously on her vaccinations at 8 and 10 weeks the vet picked up on a heart mumour and explained to me that this was common in in young pups and that most tend to grow out of it at around 5 to 6 months old. So I brought Ruby back when she was just over 6 months and the vet noticed she still had a prominant heart mumor and that it should be gone by now, after exaimining her and consulting with a specialist she rang me up and told me they were pretty certain it was patent ductus arteriosus. She explained it was pretty common in dog and apparently chihuahua's are prone to it? So anyway she is refering me to a specialist to preform a ultra sound to confirm it is what they think and then it's surgery to tie off blood vessel and as you can imagine this all comes at a high cost but my Ruby is worth every penny!!!! What I wanted to know is has anyone gone through this with their little ones?? I am so stressed about the whole thing and have questions to how it all went for other people to set my mind at ease. Also did anyone deal with it through their insurance and how did they find dealing with them as I dont think ours is going to cover us as it is classed as a congental defect?? Any advise and experiences are very much appreciated.
 

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My last chi had it from about the age of 6,the vet picked it up when he got a cough ,he was put on tabs that he had to take for the rest of his life (Can't remember the name) he lived till he was over 17,apart from the odd cough when he got excited ,he lived an ordinary life and that's not why he had to be put to sleep in the end.Hope this has put your mind at rest .Please let us know how she gets on.Our insurance did pay for all the tablets,but he never had any tests like your one will have.I don't see why they won't pay up
 

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This is when part of the heart in the womb is open, and closes immediately/soon after birth. It is repairable with surgery. Some of the surgeries, depending on how big the opening is, are done with out opening the chest. They feed catheters through and close it with those tiny instruments they can 'see' with. Good luck with her. Sue
 

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My last Chi, Tito, lived until he was 17 with a heart murmur...... he never had problems until the last yr of his life......
 

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Yes yes yes!!!! I'm far too familiar with it. This is what Julian had. We were horrified to learn that after we got him at just 4 months old, "If untreated, about 60 percent of affected dogs die within a year of diagnosis." So, we had the operation done! We didn't get perfectly lucky; since he still has some valvular issues but not nothing that'll effect his lifespan and that we can't manage with meds and supplements. Even since day one though, you never knew he had a problem... I still get teary eyed thinking of it, and he's alive with me lol!! But he has always just shown such vigor. He's so happy, so energetic, and never once showed a single symptom that he was uncomfortable. He just had no idea at all that something was wrong. We are so grateful for it. The PDA is basically the blood duct that is used to pump blood into the fetus when mom's pregnant, except it doesn't close up properly a few days after birth as it should; and puts extra strain on the heart. Surgery cost us over $1000 and that didn't include the echocardiogram. We made a chippin and some VERY generous folks helped raise the money in just a few hours; it was overwhemling and unbelievable. Hardest part for us was finding a vet nearby who could perform the surgery; some of the veterinary schools wanted close to $4000! The good thing is the procedure itself is not that difficult or strenuous on the pet; they just suture closed the blood vessel and that's it. Recovery was a pain, we had Jude crated for a few weeks. But now, despite his mitral valve issues that he's on meds for he is doing SO good. It's well worth it. Don't be scared; if you can find a way to pull off the surgery she can still live a perfectly normal life!
 

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Hey thanks so much for your replies guys. It takes alot of the stress away knowing some of you have been through the same situation as me and your little guys have got through it just fine! I just get really stressed and upset when it comes Ruby's health cause she is valued just as much as any other member of my family! We have been lucky and our vet has found a vet not too far away who will preform the op and the ultrascan for alot less then the vetinary school which was pretty far away but we are looking at around £1700 where as the vetinary school wanted £4000. We are just a bit upset with our insurance company as they have turned around today and said they wont pay out, . I work as a hairdresser though and Ruby is a salon regular so we are planning some little fund raising events hehe so soon Ruby will be all better. With regards to recovery after the op what problems did you guys have ect and what do I need to be prepared to do? xx
 
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