Gatsby is a 5 month old puppy who was released into our care to get proper diagnostics and treatment for what was believed to be a congenital heart defect. Baby Gatsby saw our general veterinarian for his intake vetting and other then a loud murmur, he checkedout overall healthy. Friday, he will have an echocardiogram which will provide additional insight regarding the health of his heart. If this diagnosis is confirmed, Gatsby will need to undergo life saving heart surgery 💕 Gatsby has certainly landed in the right place and we will be sure to keep you posted as we learn more.
UPDATE FEBURARY 2nd: Thursday sweet baby Gatsby had his intake vetting where we felt based on the sound of his heart murmur that he likely had PDA (patent ductus arteriosis), a congenital heart defect. He would need to see a cardiologist and get an echocardiogram though to properly diagnose him and to gather more information about his heart health. So today, Gatsby visited with our amazing cardiologist to do just that...
His echocardiogram revealed that Gatsby’s primary diagnosis is another congenital heart defect called Pulmonic Valve Stenosis. The easiest way to understand this condition is to think of a hose with a normal flow of water. If you squeeze the hose making it more narrow, water pressure increases. This is what is happening with Gatsby causing the pressure gradient across his pulmonic valve to be very high. Normal pressure is measured at about 10, whereas Gatsby’s pressure today was 105! This places him in the category of SEVERE pulmonic stenosis. He is at a high risk of sudden death and needs a life saving surgical procedure called a balloon valvuloplasty which is going to open up his “hose” and consequentially bringing down that pressure. I’ve posted the hand outs about the defect and the surgery in the comments section should you be interested in learning more.
Because Gatsby’s pressure is soooo high, he could also have secondary PDA. The high pressure could have forced the duct to open and therefore causing the PDA needing attention as well. The high pressure has also already started to cause right side changes to his heart. Gatsby will travel to Auburn University on Febirary 28th, where he will be further assessed and undergo the necessary procedures.