8 Weeks

Please meet the newest member of the CRGI family, our sweet little Charlotte! Thank you to Sheltie Shack Rescue for helping Charlotte get to our family and your assistance with helping us get her the care she needs!

You see, Charlotte came to us with a grade 6 heart murmur. We were able to get her to the cardiologist and found out she has PDA, Patent Ductus Arteriosus. Mind you Charlotte doesn't seem to care too much and acts like any other puppy would!

The ductus arteriosus is a fetal vessel that connects the main pulmonary artery and aorta. Normally, it closes shortly after birth. Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) is when this extra blood vessel does not close properly. PDA is one of the most common congenital heart defects of dogs. PDA typically causes a volume overload of the left side of the heart (left atrium and left ventricle) as well as the blood vessels in the lungs. Over time, the left side of the heart may not be able to compensate for the extra blood flow and signs of left-sided congestive heart failure can result.

This is a very serious problem. Fortunately for Charlotte she is in the best hands and her surgery is scheduled for Friday, June 29th. She will have a minimally invasive procedure to close the duct. Because we are doing the surgery early, her prognosis for the future is excellent!

Miss Charlotte is a very lucky girl to have the support of Diane Palumbo and the Lad White Rose Collie Fund, who is generously funding Charlotte's surgery. We extremely grateful for your donation.

To everyone who helped get her to our rescue, to everyone caring for her while she is with us, and to Diane Palumbo and the Lad White Rose Collie Fund for opening your heart and funding her surgery, THANK YOU!

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