A patient care report of a young crossbreed dog with a patent ductus arteriosus

Emma Murphy
Saturday, April 2, 2022

Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) is one of the most common congenital diseases seen in dogs, which usually will result in heart failure and death if left untreated. Veterinary nurses play a key role in the care of these patients through all stages of diagnosis and treatment, and understanding the disease process allows nurses to provide a higher standard of care through preparation and understanding of likely effects and outcome of disease on patients. This case report looks at the diagnosis, treatment and nursing care provided to a young crossbreed dog diagnosed with a PDA following auscultation of a loud, continuous heart murmur.

Figure 1. Patent ductus arteriosus connecting the pulmonary artery and aorta.
Figure 1. Patent ductus arteriosus connecting the pulmonary artery and aorta.

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