Angel Fund Story: Bruno’s Life Saving PDA Surgery

Bruno is a three-month-old Chihuahua who came into our Emergency Room for coughing and difficulty breathing and transferred to our Cardiology team. Bruno saw Dr. Kent, who diagnosed him with a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA). The ductus arteriosus is a normal fetal vessel that allows blood to bypass the lungs and go to the rest of the body. Shortly after birth, this vessel should naturally close as newborns begin to breathe air. However, Bruno’s vessel did not close. When this happened, it resulted in blood volume overload to the left side of Bruno’s heart. And at the young age of three months, Bruno already developed congestive heart failure. Without surgical correction, Bruno’s prognosis was poor, but with surgery, his prognosis was excellent. Dr. Kent consulted with our surgeon, Dr. Bush, and agreed Bruno’s one-time, life-saving surgery was a perfect fit for the usage of funds from our Angel Fund. Last month, Dr. Bush performed PDA surgery. Pictured here is Bruno, post-surgery, happy, spunky, and healthy, and ready to live a long, full life!

The UVS Angel Fund is our charitable donations fund that helps provide clients financial assistance during hard times. We’re so thankful for everyone who has donated to our Angel Fund and helped save pet’s lives. To learn more, or donate to our Angel Fund, click the link below.