About the Campaign
Found Stray with her Friend Monroe
Cannot be separated, we tried!
Marilyn has been diagnosed with PDA, Patent Ductus Arteriosus. It has cause the left ventricle of her heart to swell and she will die of congestive heart failure if it is not treated. She is only about two years old.
Marilyn and Monroe were found stray together about 4 months ago. They were matted, and dirty, and they walked everywhere together and would get very upset when separated. We took them in, got them some basic care, shots, spayed and all that good stuff. The vet guessed that Marylin was about 2 years old and Monroe was probably 8 or so years old.
Both are charming and friendly dogs. Marilyn is the more out-going and trusting one, and Monroe is the more protective one. We tried putting them in separate foster homes but Marilyn became depressed and would not eat. Monroe became upset, and would bark and run away from people. We put them back together, and instantly: Best behavior, great dogs again!
We learned our lesson, these two really are a bonded pair!
Are they mother and daughter? Did they just find each other when they were stray? We don’t know, but they are the most bonded paid of dogs we have ever seen, and we committed to only adopt them together, which of course makes finding a forever home more difficult.
A home is found!
Recently a family in Northern California, who had lost their Bichon due to old age earlier this year, found out about Marilyn and Monroe and contacted us for adoption information. We took them to the vet for a recheck before adoption, and to our surprise the vet said Marilyn had a significant heart murmur, which had not been noticed before!
Well, it turns out it is not a heart murmur
We then took Marilyn to one of the best diagnostic vets we know, Dr. Gary Adams at Westside Pet Clinic in Santa Monica. He discovered that it was not a heart murmur, but instead a PDA. This condition can sound like a heart murmur, it can also be missed with typical stethoscope, but it is not a murmur.
What is PDA?
A birth defect, PDA is caused when a vessel at the top of the heart does not close properly at birth. A full, good description is here. This opening then allows blood to flow improperly in the heart, making the heart worker harder than necessary. This then leads to a number of issues, mainly swelling of areas of the heart (like the left ventricle) and eventually heart failure.
The good news about PDA
PDA is now treatable with a non-invasive procedure where a device is planted in the open area to close it. The chest does not have to be opened, and the success rate is very high, well over 90%. In a young dog like Marilyn the heart should recover, and eventually go back to normal size. Yes, even the damage done should be reversed! Marilyn will live a normal life after this procedure with no side-effects!
But this surgery requires special equipment and training. A cardiologist is required, and thus it is not cheap. The estimate for Marilyn is about $3000-$4000 for the procedure alone. Our rescue had to spend $650.00 on the diagnosis and consultation with the cardiologist, not to mention previous exams. In total, we have already spent almost $2000.00 on Marilyn (and Monroe) and need YOUR help to pay for this further procedure!
The family that wants to adopt Marilyn and Monroe still really really want to adopt them both, despite Marilyn’s condition. On advice from the Cardiologist the surgery for Marilyn is NOT optional. Without surgery she will die of heart failure.
This is a great chance to not only help a lovely young dog get a live saving procedure, but to get her into a great forever home! All donations are for Marilyn’s vet bills at Access Specialty Hospital in Culver City, California. Donations will be paid only to the vet for this procedure. Let’s help Marilyn have a happy, healthy life! Thank you and big wooooofs!
Vet Estimates and Cardiologist’s Report:
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Let’s make Marilyn happy!!!