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See Congenital Heart Defect.  In the womb, the puppy’s blood does not go to the lungs, as they are not breathing.  The duct that allows this does not always close.  This allows some of the blood that should go to the lungs for oxygen to be shuttled elsewhere.  This means that the oxygen demands of the body are not properly met.  Females are more likely to have this than males but certain breeds are more prone to this: Cocker Spaniel, German Shepherd, Pomeranian, Poodle, and Shetland Sheepdog.  Symptoms can include:

  • Lowered Activity Levels
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Blue Gums
  • Heart Murmur
  • Collapse
  • Limited Growth
  • Shortened Lifespan