The problem with 'Puff' the dog

8:02 AM, Apr 7, 2011   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A puppy named "Puff" underwent a life-saving medical procedure at the University of Minnesota's Veterinary Medical Clinic.  It's a one of kind surgery and it's happening in Minnesota.

"Puff was rescued from a puppy mill and she was born with a congenital heart problem," explained Underdog Rescue's Shannon McKenzie.

The rescue center hopes that "Puff" will soon be adopted, but first she needs heart surgery because without it she would die.

"Puff suffers from patent ductus arteriosus," explained Veterinary Clinical Sciences' Christopher Stauthammer.

For "Puff," blood in the heart goes where it shouldn't and veterinarians will use a technique only used at the U of M's Veterinary Medical Center to fix it.

Much like heart surgery for a human, but on a much smaller scale, an incision is made on "Puff's" leg.

A catheter is then placed through a blood vessel and into the heart, which is followed by a guide wire to help place a device to stop the flow of blood from going where it shouldn't.

The entire procedure took two hours and it was a success.

"Puff's a success story and certainly an envy amongst several other veterinarians, she was just fortunate to already be located here in Minnesota and have access to the university," said Stauthammer.

The clinic will keep an eye on her for the next day or so, in the meantime, she's in need of a more permanent home, for now she's in foster care.

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