It has now been 10+ days since
Caroline's surgery. She is doing very well and
is able to go outside, run and play, all without the
problems she previously had with exercise
intolerance. The surgery has completely
repaired all problems she had. She will not
require any further follow-up visits.
Are you able to give Caroline the
life-long home she is searching for?
UPDATE: 10-13-06 / 5:00PM
Caroline has arrived in Dallas and
is being cared for at her foster home!
UPDATE: 10-13-06 / 12
Caroline has been released from
Texas A&M University Small Animal Clinic and is now
being transferred back to Dallas! The final
billing for her heart surgery is $2,508.00.
UPDATE: 10-12-06 / 9:25AM
Caroline rested well throughout the
night, being carefully watched by Intensive Care
Staff. If all goes as planned, she will be
released on Friday, for transfer back to Dallas!
Total charges to date: $2,444.00
UPDATE: 10-11-06 / 12:30PM
The wonderful Cardiologists at
Texas A&M Small Animal Clinic have completed
Caroline's surgery. She is resting
comfortably. The surgery was a complete
success! A "plug" was safely placed in the
ductus arteriosus which will permanently correct the
defect and allow her to have a full life! If
all goes as planned, she will be transferred back to
Dallas on Friday.
UPDATE: 10-10-06 / 7:30PM
Caroline was transferred to Texas
A&M Small Animal Clinic today for an Echocardiogram
(Doppler Study). The test revealed she has
"PDA" (Patent Ductus Arteriosis).
The ductus arteriosus is a blood vessel that
connects the two main arteries of the body ó the
aorta and the pulmonary artery. This blood vessel is
normal in the fetus, but shortly after birth, it
should close. When the ductus arteriosus remains
open or patent after birth, this abnormal
communication between the aorta and pulmonary artery
passes extra volumes of blood into the lungs.
Caroline will not live past 12 months of age without
surgical intervention to correct this problem. Her
Cardiologist believes Caroline will have a 95% (or
higher) chance for a normal lifespan with corrective
Due to her current condition (enlarged heart +
breathing difficulties + intolerance to exercise),
the decision was made for Caroline to have the
surgery immediately. It has been scheduled for
tomorrow morning - Wednesday - October 11th.
The estimated costs involved with this surgery are
$1,800.00 - $2,200.00.
Because of Caroline's young age and the positive
prognosis for a normal lifespan, the costs involved
to repair her heart are acceptable.
We are unable to cover these costs without your
help. Please consider giving what you can to help
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Today, October 10th, little 6-1/2 month old Caroline
is taking a journey. She is traveling to the Small
Animal Clinic - College of Veterinary Medicine -
Texas A&M University - College Station, TX. She will
visit with her Cardiologist and have a Doppler Study
performed. Caroline has a high grade heart murmur
which must be repaired in order for her to have a
We knew Caroline had a problem with her heart when
we rescued her. In fact, Caroline's cousin,
"Colina", was in our care earlier this year with
more severe heart problems. Unfortunately, Colina's
heart was so severely damaged, she was unable to
have surgery and she traveled to the Rainbow Bridge
just a few days past her six month birthday.
We're hoping that Caroline will be able to have her
life saving surgery, but the first step is to have
the Doppler Study performed.
Please keep Caroline in your thoughts & prayers
If you care to make a Donation towards Caroline's
Care, please do so through the PayPal link, or to
our mailing address:
Scottie Kingdom Rescue, Inc.
P. O. Box 551265
Dallas, TX 75355-1265