Fiona Belle aka FiBee was due for her 3 month and final puppy shot. I had intended to find her a new kind of Veterinarian more in line with a natural approach than a conventional DVM still a doctor, but with a more advanced nutritional approach.
We all get bogged down and time passed until, she needed her shot. So I went with what I knew, Dr Kirsten Barrett at the the huge VCA main Hospital in West Los Angeles Dr Becker was Daphne Rose aka Daffy's, Cardiologist and a specialist in her field of Cardiology. I realized this was over kill but I trusted Dr Barrett and I thought I'd ask questions regarding a general Vet etc.
It was a Friday morning April 10th, we were her second appointment and so we were shown to her examining room. She was surprised and happy to see us especially with a new puppy. As the examination proceeded, she seemed to linger listening to her heart. Fi Bee was squirming as puppies do and then the bomb hit! I hear something that is not right, Dr Barrett said. Oh no, my husband Fred and I both said at once. Thinking that the pup was moving a lot and that she perhaps didn't hear correctly, Dr B. took her into the work up room and 20 minuets later said with the greatest authority, FiBee has a condition known as PDA. In brief, it is an anomaly of the Aorta and Pulmonary Arteries connecting tube that usually closes at birth and this little girl's didn't. Her prognosis without intervention was 1 to 2 years and a painful heart failure.
Shock and awe, there were too many variables and not a good time to hear very much, let alone process it all. I didn't give her her shot and we left the hospital................... For those of you who are interested here is a link to exact information below.
We have only just begun, until part 2............