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Old 06-11-2017, 01:39 PM
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Min pin with heart murmer.

Rosie is a rescue from Mexico. We have had her for 7 years. We were told she was two when we got her. I think most rescues are two (LOL).

She has always been in good health. At her last checkup the vet detected an irregular heart beat. I listened to it: 2 beats, pause, 5 beats, pause. this was repeated over and over. The vet suggested an EKG. She had no other thoughts. I was not pleased with that.

My homework tells me that irregular dog heartbeats are not unusual. In fact our last dog had a similar problem. Rosie shows no other symptoms of a heart issue and none of ill health.

I don't want to rush into an expensive and far away analysis. We live some distance from any dog cardiologists.

I would appreciate your thoughts and any experiences. Thanks.
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An irregular heartbeat is a different problem than a heart murmur. Depending on cause, both or either can be benign or symptomatic of a serious problem. At this point, IMO, your only choice is to follow your Vets advice and if indicated get a cardiologist involved.
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Please take your pup to a Cardiologist, it will be worth the money..if caught early this issue can be treated..trust me..I wish the Vet that Nemo saw had detected something before he was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, it wouldnt have gotten as serious as it got
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From 'Dogster'.

Should I be concerned that my dog has an irregular heartbeat?

The most common type of arrhythmia in dogs is called sinus arrhythmia. The heart of a dog with a sinus arrhythmia will beat at different rates when she is in different stages of breathing. Although sinus arrhythmias aren’t exactly normal, they almost never cause any problems.

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My thoughts if she were mine, would be to have a Vet evaluate, irregular sinus rhythm can be benign or symptomatic of something serious. It certainly needs to be checked by a Vet and probably monitored.
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I believe a specialist would be your best choice in this, you can see a board certified cardiologist or even a veterinarian that is board certified ultrasound training who can ultrasound your dog's heart, take measurements, and get a view of how the valves and chambers look. It is better to have this addressed and figure out as much information you can so you don't run into trouble long-term. It would most likely cost much more than your regularly veterinarian but I would look as money well spent, and avoiding a medical issue that has yet to be detected or ways to help anything from progressing into the future, which could result in more expensive diagnostics and/or emergency procedures.
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Sinus arrhythmia's, if that is what is going on, are actually quite normal and very common. A simple ECG, which is likely to be FAR cheaper than a visit to a cardiologist, is likely to pinpoint any arrhythmia rather easily... .then it is up to your veterinarian to diagnose it (not always that easy if it's unusual). I think an ECG at our hospital is $50, cheaper than the exam. Might at least get an estimate. THEN if its weird or worrisome, you can go to a cardiologist, which would be highly recommended for any weird or worrisome ECG.
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My 9-year-old Min Pin just had her annual exam and the vet heard a heart murmur. She took a blood test to check the level of heart enzymes. The numbers came back within normal range, so she says the heart has probably found a way of compensating for the valves not working properly. She says retest every year to monitor.
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