In a normal heart, the Pulmoric Valve allows adequate blood flow through the assocaited chamber. In a Dog with Pulmonic Stenosis, that valve is essentially always closed, forcing the heart to have to beat with extreme pressure to contract the heart enough to foce blood through the valve to supply the body. The muscles of the heart can't truly relax after the contraction to allow the blood supply to properly fill back up to push through the body on the next heart beat. This condition causes the heart to have to work so much harder, but the blood flow to still not be sufficient for the body.
With proper precautions and appropriate medications, he was safely neutered and closely monitored by his Mom during surgery. (Its cool, she worked there.) At his scheduled 6 month follow up with the Cardiologist, it was noted that his condition had worsened. Significantly. His grade is now "Severe". This came as a shock to his people-parents, his vet, the specialist, and all of us who know Phish. You would never know that this little boy's condition is worsening. He doesn't have the clinical signs and sympotms we would expect to see for a dog with such a pronounced stenosis. In layman's terms, Phish is in heart failure. For many of us, this is where we draw the line, we talk about hospice care for our furry kids, we keep them comfortable and we let them know that we don't want them to be in any pain. At Phish's young age, the thought of losing him so early is not an acceptable option for his people. They gave the "go-ahead nod" to his specialist to call for a consult with the specialists at Washington State University. Then came "the call". Phish is a candidate for a procedure that can provide him a normal, healthy life! Phish is scheduled for his procedure at the end of March. His people mom will travel with him and stay close while he is at the hospital. The cost of his procedure will be between $3,000 and $4,000 plus travel expenses. Phish's family isn't independantly wealthy, but they are willing to do what it takes to keep him healthy.
If you read through the links below about Pulmonic Stenosis, they all reference the procedure that Phish is headed to the Washington State University Veterinary Hospital for.
What does the procedure consist of?
In short, the Vet will thread a balloon up through an artery, into the heart. When the balloon reaches the occluded valve the balloon will be blown up forcing the valve open to a more normal position.
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This has been a busy few months in 2016 for the pittie committee already. In all of the whirlwind and excitement of the last few months, one of our own is facing a life saving procedure, soon. Some of you know our board member, Rikki. She has been an active supporter of the Pittie Committee since we were the Itty Pittie Committee. Not only is she my dear friend, but she is one of the driving forces behind the scenes. Several months ago, she and her husband adopted a beautiful blue boy they named Phish. Phish is the dog everyone longs for. Seriously. Phish is happy and playful. He is relaxed and content. He loves everyone and everything. He is confident and outgoing. He is naturally obedient and people pleasing. He is a big goof and a big Love. When Phish went in to be neutered, the Vet noted a very noticable heart murmur. Phish was taken to a cardiologist and came back with a diagnosis of "moderate Pulmonic Stenosis".
What is Pulmonic Stenosis?
To read more about Canine Pulmonic Stenosis, check out these resources:
Animal Emergency & Referral Associates Pulmonic Stenosis brochure
Pet MD Pulmonic Stenosis Congenital Heart Defect
Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine Pulmonic Stenosis, diagnosis, conditions and treatments
As with any procedure done with a patient who has a compromising condition or disease, there is an elevated risk associated with the procedure, as it will be done under anesthesia. Even with the elevated risk of the procedure, Phish is young, and strong and would be a good candidate.
We are standing together with Rikki and her family while we send prayers and positivity to them, and to Phish along his journey. We wish we could help their family financially as well, but the Electric City Pittie Committee doesn't have the funds to cover the cost of Phish's procedure. Please join us in supporting this amazing family. If you would like to donate to travel expenses or toward the cost of Phish's procedure, please click on the "donate" button below.