Penny is a beautiful female black Labrador pup who first came to Vets Now Hospital as she was having problems keeping her food down. Labrador Retriever Rescue Scotland are currently looking after and funding Penny’s treatment through charitable donations. It was suspected that Penny had a condition called a “vascular ring anomaly”, which is where an abnormal blood vessel in the chest wraps around the oesophagus (food pipe) and causes a blockage.
Little Penny has had to have two thoracotomy procedures (surgery into the chest cavity). The first procedure could not access the problem, so after a few days to recover, a second procedure on the other side of the chest was necessary. Penny proved to be even more special as the problem that she had is extremely rare. Everyone at the hospital is delighted that Penny has sailed through both procedures and is seemingly making a fantastic recovery; so well in fact, we hope she will be discharged within the next few days.
Richard Coe, the Small Animal Surgery specialist who treated Penny says:
Vascular ring anomalies are usually caused by a “persistent right aortic arch” (PRAA). However, a very small number of cases will be caused by other abnormalities of the blood vessels in the chest, and in Penny’s case the problem was a “right ductus arteriosus”. Normally vascular ring anomalies are treated from the left side, but in Penny’s case the right ductus arteriosus had to be approached from the right side to free the oesophagus. I’m always amazed how quickly and well dogs recover from chest surgery. Penny is now playful, very naughty and starting to gain weight. I’d like to add my personal thanks to Labrador Retriever Rescue Scotland and their many amazing supporters for funding Penny’s treatment.