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A Puppy with a Congenital Heart Problem

Updated: Jul 10

Huck was adopted just a few weeks ago from a rural shelter that we partner with regularly. Unfortunately, at a routine puppy wellness visit, they learned that Huck had significant problems with his heart. Sadly, the family had to make the gut wrenching decision to return Huck to the shelter, knowing that they were unable to provide the veterinary care he would need. Poor Huck found himself once again in a scary shelter, but now it was even worse than the first time—now he had major medical needs.

When the shelter contacted us to see if we could help, we knew we had to try. Huck is only 4 or 5 months old and deserves the best chance he can get to live a normal life. When we picked Huck up, all we knew was that he had at least a grade 3 heart murmur, but it turns out it was a lot worse than that. His amazing foster mom, Kelly MacDade, who is also our medical foster expert, immediately got him in to see Dr. Walker at Capital Veterinary Specialists - Jacksonville. It was there that we learned how dire his situation really was.

Huck has been diagnosed with severe Pulmonic Stenosis. Anything over 80mmHg is in the severe range and this sweet little baby is at 127mmHG. He is now on beta blockers with strict instructions to keep him very calm (not easy with a lab puppy). His prognosis is poor to say the least. There is a chance that a balloon valvuloplasty may help but UF Veterinary Hospital is currently scheduling 3 to 4 months out and without surgery, Huck will likely die of right sided heart failure within the next six months. Time is not on our side.

Luckily, we were able to secure an emergency appointment with a cardiologist near Tampa. Please keep this sweet boy in your prayers as we do everything we can to help him!

As always, we could never do this without our amazing volunteers and supporters! Thank you Andrea Lepianka for transporting him and Kelly for fostering him, loving him and getting him to all of his many appointments!

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