Matteo came from a puppy mill, where he and four of his
littermates were born with patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), a common
congenital heart defect in the Bichon Frise breed.
Funds were raised through
Small Paws Rescue, a not for profit organization, to pay for the
PDA surgeries. Matteo and his siblings are now living full lives in
their forever homes. Matteo's proud mom, Vicky Nixon, said she
would trust her babies in the great and capable hands of the
cardiologists at Texas A&M. When asked what advice she would
give to someone whose pet has a similar problem, Vicki responded,
"Please do not wait if you believe or have been told that
you're pet has a PDA, as time is of the essence! Let the
cardiologists at Texas A&M help your pet and give them a long
and happy life!"