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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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Coton de Tulear

The Coton de Tulear At a Glance
Recognized By UKC, FCI
Country of Origin Madagascar
Life Expectancy 16 - 18 yrs
Height Range 9 - 11 in
Weight Range 10 - 12 lbs
Colors White; few shadings of light grey or red roan are permitted on ears. Permitted elsewhere but not desirable in show dog.
Trainability Very agile and wonderful companion dogs. With good breeder training they are very trainable and respond to love and kindness and a lot of praise. They aim to please you.
With Children Wonderful; these dogs love to play with children and are very loving
With Animals Very good. Because of their nature they love to play and be friends. They will respond well to other pets as long as they are gentle.
Climate A Coton can adapt to any reasonable climate.
Indoor/Outdoor Mostly indoor but loves to play outside
Exercise Reqd Minimal. These dogs entertain themselves and adapt to your lifestyle
Grooming Reqd Routine maintenance. Spray with water and comb every few days; clipping nails; cleaning ears.
Coton de Tulear Information
The Coton de Tulear originates from Madagascar, the world's fourth largest island, off the southeast coast of Africa. The breed dates back to the 15th century. Tp offset sailor's hardships and loneliness of ladies- , little white dogs were added to the passenger list. During a violent storm, a ship wrecked near Madagascar- all sailors and ladies perished- while the little white dogs swam to shore. It is assumed some little white dogs settled on the island, became wild again, met eventually with the local terriers resulting in the Coton. Natives fell in love with these little white dogs, domesticated and offered them to the King and Malagasy nobles.
At the turn of the century, French colonists also fell under the spell of these little dogs, took them back to their native country, raised the Cotons as pets.
The Coton de Tulear is a small, sweet "cottony"long haired- , mainly white dog, weighing 10-12 lbs.He is a happy, little companion, often acting like a clown in the show ring. They are very eager and intelligent and form strong bonds with their masters. The Coton thrives on love, food, human companionship and protection from its family. The Coton is seldom sick and lives to be 15-18 yrs old.
The United States of America Coton de Tulear Club (USACTC) was born in the late 1994 and in1995 "Cherry Blossom" of ARBA there were 20 entries. The breed is noted as the "ANTI-STRESS DOG OF THE 20th CENTURY.



Found principally in the port city of Tulear, this small Madagascan dog whose beautiful white or nearly all white coat has - just like the rip fruit of the cotton bush - a texture similar to a wad of cotton wool. Coton is french for cotton. The texture of the breed's coat makes it stand out from almost all other dog breeds. It is obvious that this dog is related to the Bichon but we really know very little about its origin. It was becoming extinct and France brought some over and started to breed these wonderful dogs. They were brought to America in 1974 by Dr. Robert Jay Russell from Madagascar. This is a very sweet natured dog that will adapt to its environment and aims to please. They are wonderful companion dogs and do well with children and other animals. They require minimal exercise but will go for walks and romp and play like a child. If you are not looking for a warm, loving, faithful and happy go lucky companion, this dog is not for you. These dogs are also wonderful to travel with if you are looking for a pet to keep you company when you are away from home. Their health is very good and the quality breeders have been very careful to keep this line pure. Always question your breeder and see the environment the puppy is born in. There are always good and bad in everything so beware and get to know your breeder. They do not shed and are non allergic dogs. However, there is always the acception to the rule with allergies and I feel, you should test first to make sure you are okay if you have serious problems. These dogs also do not have doggy smell.
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Dog Question of the Week

Some answers to last week's question:
What breed do you think is the most friendly? Why?
This Week's Question:
Who was smarter: Benji or Lassie? Why?
Havanese. They are just so happy-go-lucky. Love everyone and are easy to spot at shows as they are the ones ""smiling"" up at their handlers! Not to mention great with people of all shapes, ages and sizes.
Jessica from Hawley, Pa, USA
SOft Coated Wheaten Terrier. they are the best dog. They LOVE to give you kisses & just be around you. Whenever I come home from work, our wheaten jumps right up into my arms & gives me lots of kisses. Also great dogs to curl up ont he couch with on cold days or when you are sick.
Andrea from Tampa, FL, USA
I think most dogs are friendly if they have been treated right and raised by friendly people. But like people, you'll find a few grumpy dogs along the way. It's best to let a dog come to you instead of trying to pet it right away. All in all though, I think Labs are the friendliest.
Lynn from Hillsville, VA, USA
I will forever love my Aussies, but the standard poodle will still get my vote as the most friendly, fun-loving, outgoing breed.
Angela from MO, USA
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