Rosebud’s Journey

Rosebud came through the AVC emergency room back in July as a 10 week old very sick puppy. She was surrendered as she had not only been diagnosed with parvo but a heart condition as well called Patent Ductus Arteriosis. Her prognosis was really uncertain and even if she did survive deadly parvo she would still have a battle ahead of her.

Rosebud was very sick

Rosebud was very sick

With great care, Rosebud was able to get through her parvo and after 2 weeks in isolation she was brought into the mix of the All Better Pets family! Romping around, meeting new friends and full of life.

Rosebud was lucky to have Sarah as her nurse!

Many people had fallen in love with Rosebud and the thought that she would need to go through major surgery had many feeling nervous and sad :o(

Yesterday was the big day. She was prepared for surgery. An ultrasound of her heart with a ‘bubble study’ (where a bubbly solution is injected into a vein while the chambers of the heart and vessels of the abdomen are examined for any sign of bubbles) was performed to be sure that surgery could still be performed. The study went well and Dr. Gordon began to prepare for the surgery.

 

Preparation for surgery

Preparation for surgery

 

Things could not have gone better. Dr. Gordon was able to safely close the abnormal vessel that would have shortened Rosebud’s life. Not an easy task … Rosebud’s only 6 pounds!

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Dr. Gordon contemplates her next step. Thank you Dr. Gordon!

She had only a few abnormal heart rhythms and a small amount of bleeding into her chest after surgery. A little chest tube will remain in place at least for the next 24 hours. Pain medications and nutrition are top priority for the AVC team.

 

Post op recovery station

Post op recovery station

 

Little Jimmy checks in on Rosebud this morning (Jimmy only has 1 eye … which will need surgery when she, yes she, is a little bigger).

Hey, when can we play again?

Hey, when can we play again?

 

Rosebud is now almost 5 weeks post op! She is having a great time. She does not seem to have suffered any residual discomfort from the procedure. Thank you for following her journey.