I need your help, readers and fellow bloggers.
My friend Ashley and her family added a family member to their home on February 4th of this year. A furry baby girl they named Peyton, who has sweet brown eyes, a personality that outshines the sun, and a happy-go-lucky nature that never fails to make those who come into contact with her smile. There is one thing, however, that Peyton doesn’t realize. Her heart will only support her for only so long.
Peyton has Patent ductus arteriosis (PDA), a congenital heard defect that affects 7 out of every 1000 live birth puppies. It is a condition in which the ductus arteriosus, which connects the pulmonary artery and aorta (the two main arteries of the body) fails to properly close up after birth. This causes an unequal balance of blood flow to the lungs (increased) and the muscles/tissues (decreased), and usually is marked by a heart murmur, labored breathing, and fluid build-up in the lungs.
Little Peyton knows none of this. She doesn’t understand why she can’t run as long and as hard as her other furry family members. She doesn’t know that the more work she does, the harder her heart has to pump in order to get the oxygen her muscles need to keep her moving. And she doesn’t care. She lives life to the fullest and never, ever loses the joy she has for everything in life.
The life expectancy for a puppy with PDA is about a year. It can be fixed with a simple suture to properly close the ductus arteriosus. Ashley’s family can’t afford the expensive surgery, which can range from $2,000 to $3,500. Want to help them out a little bit? Go to this website, Save Precious Peyton, and give $10 (or however much you feel). After that, share the link on Twitter, Facebook, your own blog, and everywhere else you can think of to spread the word. Life is precious and so is Peyton.
Click here to learn more about Peyton.
Peace. and thanks.