Hooper - Ferndale, WA 1/18/21
Meet Hooper! He is a 1 1/2 yr old, 45 lb, male, Blue Heeler mix.
Hooper is a smallish cattle dog mix. He's a happy guy, does fine with other dogs (his rescue says he's also good with cats) and loves to run and play! He is fine with kids which is awesome! Hooper is also fully housebroken...what more could you ask for?
Hooper has a congenital heart condition called a patent ductus arteriosis (PDA). He has a grade 5/6 heart murmur and will need heart surgery to live a long and normal life. He was born with this heart defect - normally this hole closes shortly after birth but in a small number of animals (and humans!) it doesn't. This has created a blood flow directly from the aorta into the pulmonary artery, which is causing there to be a volume overload on the left side of the heart and eventually creates congestive heart failure. Right now his left heart chamber is moderately enlarged.
The great news is that, so far, he has no symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue etc. We were recommended to fix it sooner than later to give him the best possible outcome as the longer he lives with the defect, the more likely he will be to go into congestive heart failure. He will be neutered after he's fully recovered from the heart surgery.
Hooper is available to go within approximately 100 miles of his rescue and they can help with transport! For more information on Hooper, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call: 360-319-4426.