The Rescued Dog (TRD), located in San Diego, CA, received word of a Chihuahua mix and her two week old puppies who were to be euthanized in a local kill shelter the following day. Working together with the shelter, they were able to intervene and save the mom and litter of five which included Rosalind.

A first vet visit with a newborn puppy should be a happy occasion, but Rosalind’s rescue turned into something very sad, very quickly.  At a mere two weeks old, Rosalind was diagnosed with a Grade 6/6 heart murmur. TRD’s veterinarian recommended a wait-and-see approach, as small breed puppies often have heart murmurs which they can outgrow. Unfortunately, three months later Rosalind had only gained one pound. It was clear the heart murmur was not improving and was now stunting her growth.

Rosalind was referred to UC Veterinary Medical Center for an echocardiogram. The results showed Rosalind suffered from Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), a congenital heart condition causing abnormal blood flow. For Rosalind, the PDA was causing a significant left heart volume overload. Without heart surgery, Rosalind’s prognosis was very poor. Wanting Rosalind to have the full life she deserves, ISF gave a grant to help pay for some of Rosalind’s stent surgery.

Rosalind made a 100% recovery from her PDA procedure with no lethargy or complications. Teresa with TRD reported, “Prior to surgery, Rosalind had an audible clicking and whoosing sound from her chest that was quite discernable to anyone within 12 inches of her, also when holding her (she’s tiny - only 4 lbs.) you could feel her heart thumping erratically in her chest. Post operatively, there is no murmur and the odd vibration is gone. She seems more at ease too.”

TRD promoted Rosalind heavily on their Facebook page both before surgery and after she was healed and deemed adoptable. It was there her new adoptive family (including dog sibling) found her. Teresa told ISF, “Rosalind was one of the happiest, fun loving and affectionate pups in our care, she was insanely energetic, full of life and love - she wanted and deserved to live.  We made the right decision to move forward with her and know she has a long and healthy life ahead.”


Written by Veronica Hampton

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