Bath Veterinary Group’s Rosemary Lodge Hospital recently performed a specialist operation to save the life of Parley, a terrier cross rescue puppy.

Bath Veterinary Group’s Rosemary Lodge Hospital recently performed a specialist operation to save the life of Parley, a terrier cross rescue puppy.

Parley (the day after her op) with nurse Cathy Woodlands.Parley was in the care of Many Tears Animal Rescue and the Betty and Bernard Davidson Charitable Trust, who asked the Bath Veterinary Referrals team to treat her after she was found to have a grade 6/6 heart murmur.

Further investigations at Rosemary Lodge found that Parley had a rare congenital disorder called patent ductus arteriosus (PDA).

Head of surgical referrals Alasdair Hotston Moore, who performed the operation, explained: “This is where a critical blood vessel in the chest fails to close at birth. It affects 0.7% of all puppies in the UK and we are one of only a handful of veterinary hospitals that can handle cases such as this.

He added: “We’re lucky to have some of the leading operating technology and skilled staff in the country to be able to carry out this kind of work.”

Parley underwent her PDA surgery at the end of September, thanks to donations made to the Many Tears Animal Rescue’s ‘Broken Heart Fund‘, set up specifically to pay for the operation.

A spokesman for the rescue centre said: “We are so grateful  to everyone who donated to the ‘Broken Heart Fund’. The funds raised have saved her life. Parley will go on to live a normal life after this amazing surgery.

“We would also like to say a huge thank you to Alastair Hotston Moore and the team at Bath Veterinary Group at Rosemary Lodge who performed this operation and looked after her so well.”

Parley has made a full recovery, and has since been rehomed by the charity.

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