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Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)

There are a number of anatomical structures that arise as a puppy fetus develops, but then disappear or change before or shortly after birth. This makes sense, as a fetal puppy (just like a human fetus) is living in a liquid environment, with many of the bodily functions provided by the mother, but then transitions immediately to a self-contained, breathing newborn puppy. Patent Ductus Arteriosus is in the category of conditions where one of those necessary fetal structures remains after birth, when it should have naturally gone away or ceased its function.

In the normal dog, the pulmonary artery delivers blood to the lungs, where it is oxygenated and returned to the heart. The oxygen-rich blood is then pumped into the aorta and delivered to the body. However, a fetal puppy is not breathing... in fact, the lungs are basically collapsed... and its blood is getting the necessary oxygen from the mother. Therefore the body has a mechanism to divert that blood flow so that it bypasses the lungs and goes straight to the body. That mechanism is the Ductus Arteriosus, a "shunt" (bypass) from the pulmonary artery to the descending aorta.
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Irish Terrier
To Train or not to train. for an Irish Terrier puppy, it will be well advised to find an experienced terrier trainer. Balance with proper socialization early on in your puppy's life. Get your puppy accustomed to nail trimming and grooming now. You don't necessarily need to groom an I.T. puppy, but get them used to the feel of a smooth soft bristle baby brush (for example). If you wait until later, it will not go as smoothly.

Irish Terrier
Choosing an Irish Terrier puppy with a sweet temperament is important, but no guarantee forever. Be very wise when introducing to other dogs, make sure they are also very nice dogs. If exposed to aggressive behavior, an Irish Terrier will of course defend itself, and there will be no turning back. Avoid situations where your pup is forced to defend itself. That is your job, to keep your puppy safe at all times and in every situation.

Glen of Imaal Terrier
Recently we rescued of Glen of Imaal from our local SPCA. She is 4 yrs old and is a very focused little girl. A mind of her own, not real affectionate, but very loyal at the same time. She has trained me well.

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Featured Breed -

Chow Chow

The Chow Chow At a Glance
Recognized By AKC
Country of Origin China
Life Expectancy 10 yrs
Height Range 17 - 19 in.
Weight Range 45 lbs (f); 60 lbs (m)
Colors Red, cream, cinnamon, blue, black
Trainability Chows are keen and very trainable
With Children Temperament should be a major concern when being used for breeding. No problems with well behaved children
With Animals Best with opposite sex
Climate Dry and cool climate is best due to heavy coat
Indoor/Outdoor In the heat always indoors and always need a fan on the floor
Exercise Reqd Moderate exercise
Grooming Reqd Fairly heavy grooming at least monthly; more with puppies
Chow Chow Information
The Chow Chow is a square balanced arctic type dog with a beautiful offstanding double coat. The hallmark of the breed is the blue tongue and stilted gait. The Chow was bred to hunt and guard. They are an aloof, independent character.
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Dog Question of the Week

Some answers to last week's question:
Do you think dogs can read our emotions?
This Week's Question:
What is your dog's favorite game to play?
Totally... they seem to know when we need their affection the most, or when we are in a good mood and want to play.
Joelle from Kinston, NC, USA
I don't think they so much read our emotions as it is them responding to the way we act or when our routines or way of behaving changes, then they notice something is different.
Will from Aberdeen, TX, USA
of course, body movements are words to dogs, our emotions can show all over us...and dogs read that, have great sense of energy
Debi from pilot mtn., NC, USA
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