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May 10, 2022

Be Their Lifeline



Cucumber, Maybe, and Pumpkin Spice have many things in common. They’re all adorable young dogs, they have that spunky puppy energy, and they love to snuggle with their foster and adoptive parents. What isn’t as clear, is how each of their congenital heart defects need to be addressed. But we do know they are at risk of heart failure at a young age if we don’t diagnose soon. With your support, we can send all three loveable pets to Texas A&M to determine the next steps for their longevity. Will you be their lifeline?

Cucumber came from Concho Valley PAWS when they noticed he was having breathing problems and discovered he has an enlarged heart. Our APA! medical team determined that Cucumber, a one year old Chihuahua mix, suffers from patent ductus arteriosus, or PDA, a heart defect that can develop soon after birth that leaves a passageway for blood flow. Cucumber has a cardiologist consultation at Texas A&M in July, which will help determine his next treatment steps. Cucumber also has an old broken jaw injury which gives him the cutest sly and crooked smile. His foster states that “he’s so sweet and loves to play” and that “him and his foster sister have become good friends.”

A good samaritan found a very pregnant momma pup and less than 24 hours after being saved, she had 13 puppies, one of them being Maybe. Now six months old, Maybe has been diagnosed with a heart defect called severe pulmonic stenosis, that creates obstruction to blood flow from the heart to her lungs. Her consultation at Texas A&M is in June and they’ll determine if Maybe is a good candidate for a balloon valvuloplasty surgery, but there is a chance that surgery will be too risky for her breed. Maybe’s adoptive parents call her a “sweet girl” who loves to take long naps in their laps.

At just one and a half years old, Pumpkin Spice is currently in treatment for heartworm and has been diagnosed with the heart defect PDA (patent ductus arteriosus). Pumpkin Spice’s scheduled appointment at Texas A&M is in June once she has completed her heartworm treatments. Providing that her defect is treated before heart failure develops, the prognosis of a successful surgical closure for a normal life after surgery is excellent. Pumpkin Spice is living her best life with her foster fur-siblings, always enjoying car ride adventures, and her foster states, “her outlook on life is that everything is the best.”

At Austin Pets Alive!, we know that dogs with heart conditions like Cucumber, Pumpkin Spice, and Maybe, are all deserving of a long life, but we need your help today. Each of these dogs have important and necessary cardiologist visits coming up within the next few months and we urgently need your support to get them there. Can you help fix their broken hearts and give them a long life full of deserving love?

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