Jax was born with subaortic stenosis (SAS), which is a narrowing at the aortic valve of the heart. When this valve is narrowed, the heart must work harder to force blood out through the valve. This additional work can lead to muscle failure. SAS is a hereditary condition. For more information on SAS, review the link at the end of his story.
Unfortunately, dogs with this condition have an average life span of about 3 years. A medication, atenolol, may add to the life expectancy of dogs with SAS. The cost averages about $10 per month.
The Special Needs adoption fee is $200.
Notes on Jax:
- He has a heart murmur, which coincides with SAS.
- Because he is a young pup, having someone home with him most of the time is best. Pups need to relieve themselves more often, though this improves with time.
- Strenuous exercise should be avoided. No long and fast walks. Zooming and running in the yard should be curtailed.
I have typical-level puppy energy! My loves are getting treats, snuggling, and playing—especially with other dogs, though playing with children and taking walks are high on my list too! But then I get sleepy so am ready for some peaceful nap-taking.
Foster mom thinks I’m very smart. At four-months old, I already know the commands, NO (I hear that word quite often), sit, inside, bath, and go potty. Sometimes I “tell” her when I have to go out for potty—I’m almost completely housebroken!
“We just love him,” foster mom says. She adds that there’s never a dull moment with me in the house and that a person would never guess I have a heart issue. She adds that I’m “a joy.” And I intend on getting as much joy out of life as I can!
Info on SAS: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952497