Bessie was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect by vet Bill Slee when she came in to Torbridge for her first vaccination at 8 weeks of age. At the time it was not causing her any problems but would have led to heart failure at a young age if left untreated. So with the expert help of Jo Harris from “Heartvets” and Chris Linney at “Willows” we arranged for Bessie to be fixed using a key-hole procedure.
Under anaesthesia a catheter was introduced through Bessie’s femoral artery and a special occlusion device (plug) was placed across the defect called a PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus).
This was very successful, the leak was closed and we expect Bessie to have a full and mischievous terrier life now!
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