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| | Please Help Dog has Heart Murmur
We have a 1.5 yrs old beagle/jack russel mix 17.5lbs. Have had him since he was 3 months old.
Took him to vet to get his lyme shot today and the vet listened to his heart a long time, went and had another vet listen to his heart, came back and said that Kiko has a grade 2 heart murmur.
I tried to ask him as many questions as I could about what to do, so far the vet said we are going to monitor it every 6 months. & He said to feed him a food that has grains and a nutrient called taurine so we got him Hills Science Diet that has those things so we have to change him gradually from salmon based Supreme Source that he was eating before. He said there wouldn't really be any symptoms or cautions yet at this stage but I could make sure that he is not lethargic or coughing a lot after exercise.
The vet did not mention that I should give him a multivitamin but I found some at the pet store that has taurine in it so I want to give those to him, do you think I should ask the vet before I give him the vitamin?
Do you have experience with a dog with a heart murmur? What can I expect and what can I do? I want to help him as much as possible my husband and I love our dog so much he is like our baby. He is a happy, energetic, loving dog !!!