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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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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:
What breed do you think makes the best companion, and why?
This Week's Question:
Where does your dog sleep?
I think it depends more on the individual dog that the breed of the dog. I really think it is more about how the dog is raised that makes it a good friendly companion
Teres from Naples, ITA
Hands down the best breed we ever had was a French Bulldog. He was always so funny and so loving and so sweet. I hope we can find another one just like him!!!
Farina from Argentina
I have ben an obedience trainer for over 25yrs. In my opinion there is nothing like a German Shepherd as a loyal, devoted and extremely intellegent companion. Excellent family and childrens dog. They are very in tune with their owners feelings.
Judith from Mena, AR, USA
Aussies! Because they are licking your tears away when you cry, and forcing you to play when you are scared to go outside, and acting the clown until you remember how to laugh again.
Angela from Columbia, MO, USA
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