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Hi, my puppy has just been diagnosed with a 'significant' heart murmur. (grade 3:(), he is 10 weeks old. He is eating fine, healthy weight, showing no symptoms at all, very active and is no different to any other puppy this age. The vert said from looking at him, he is fine.

I am very worried about him, and have been told it may be innocent-so may go away. And if it doesn't he can either go on meds or have an operation (which one is dependant on what part of the heart is affected), and this apparently is very sucessful if he needs to have it done.

We have booked him in once a month over the next 3 months to keep him monitored, and there is no way we would have given him back to the breeder or not have the treatment he needs-we are keeping him and either way were going to do what he can to make sure he is ok.

I was wondering if anyone else has had their puppy diagnosed with this and what treatment they have had, or if they have live with a murmur and has lived a normal life? I'm so worried about him-not that he knows any different-he's fine in himself!

Thanks, I am new to the forum so aplogies if this has been spoken about before or if it's in the wrong section or whatever-just after some reassurance :(
 

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Welcome to the forum.
I have had dogs live to be teenagers with a heart murmur.
You can read that it is not uncommon to hear one in a puppy that age and that most do go away with age. Again I have had many dogs life good happy lives with them without any problems. :)
 

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Welcome to the forum.
I have had dogs live to be teenagers with a heart murmur.
You can read that it is not uncommon to hear one in a puppy that age and that most do go away with age. Again I have had many dogs life good happy lives with them without any problems. :)
Thank you very much for your response, that's very reassuring to hear :)

I hope it goes away, and if not then just hoping it can be managed. I keep getting told it's a wait and see game.... and internet research sometimes gives some hobbile answers :-s

Thanks again! :)
 

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Ditto what Lynne said. I just wanted to add that you should let your breeder know about it. Even though some dogs do okay with murmurs, it isn't a "minor" issue, and the breeder should be checking its dogs and taking steps to minimize its occurance. Some dogs will have coughing issues and limitations on exertion/activity, even with treatment.
 

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Around 5-6 months you should actually have your dog see a cardiologist for an echocardiogram to see what's going on if anything. As someone working at a shelter with a vet who just did 45 puppy exams in 2 days... It's not "common" for them to have murmurs... That being said, murmurs can be "innocent" and they can grow out of it but if at 5-6 months your vet believes there is still a murmur only an echocardiogram will give you answers.
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Ditto what Lynne said. I just wanted to add that you should let your breeder know about it. Even though some dogs do okay with murmurs, it isn't a "minor" issue, and the breeder should be checking its dogs and taking steps to minimize its occurance. Some dogs will have coughing issues and limitations on exertion/activity, even with treatment.
Thankyou for your answer...I've let them know, they are unaware of other pups having the issue but that doesn't mean they haven't, they may not have been picked up yet i guess! He's such a lovely pup I suppose I have to wait and see now.
 

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Around 5-6 months you should actually have your dog see a cardiologist for an echocardiogram to see what's going on if anything. As someone working at a shelter with a vet who just did 45 puppy exams in 2 days... It's not "common" for them to have murmurs... That being said, murmurs can be "innocent" and they can grow out of it but if at 5-6 months your vet believes there is still a murmur only an echocardiogram will give you answers.
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Ok, thank you. Yes I certainly would like him to have an ECG a bit later on to see what's going on should it not sort itself out, I suppose that if we are aware of exactly what we are dealing with then we'll know what route to take!
 

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My dog has a murmur too, apperently caused by a hole in his heart. He has had it since I adopted him (he was 4), now he is 9 years old.

The vet told me if I wanted I could get an ECG to know "how bad it was", but it's $800, and even if I know "how bad it is", he said there was no treatment anyway.

I was told the dog could either drop dead at any moment... or live a long normal life. As long as he isnt short of breath, it means he is fine. I'm not to "force him" to do any activities, but we go for long walks, he runs, jumps, etc. and he's fine.

So I think heart conditions are very variable, they can be significant, or they can be nothing. (Actually, I also have a heart arrythmia, and its totally innocent lol).

Good luck to your puppy, hoping his heart stays healthy :)
 

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Actually animals with murmurs can be treated by surgery or meds if needed to help the pet live a longer life.... So to say there is nothing that can be done is a false statement, the ECG determines what can be done.
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Thanks for sharing the arcticles.

I've seen two vets, and both told me there was nothing that could be done for his heart condition. I understood it as a "hole" in his heart and arrhythmia, perhaps not the same thing as a murmur?
 

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Did you see a specialist who did an echocardiogram? A vet cannot truly diagnose a murmur without an ECG... Tho if your dog had a slight arythmia that was super low and the vets didn't think it was necessary to even do an ECG that would make more sense.... However... They still don't know the extent of it without an ECG....
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My dog has a murmur too, apperently caused by a hole in his heart. He has had it since I adopted him (he was 4), now he is 9 years old.

The vet told me if I wanted I could get an ECG to know "how bad it was", but it's $800, and even if I know "how bad it is", he said there was no treatment anyway.

I was told the dog could either drop dead at any moment... or live a long normal life. As long as he isnt short of breath, it means he is fine. I'm not to "force him" to do any activities, but we go for long walks, he runs, jumps, etc. and he's fine.

So I think heart conditions are very variable, they can be significant, or they can be nothing. (Actually, I also have a heart arrythmia, and its totally innocent lol).

Good luck to your puppy, hoping his heart stays healthy :)

Thank you :) He seems fine in himself and we're keeping a close eye on him, he certainly doesn't get out of breath eaasily at all-i'm yet to hear him pant, and he's not coughing or anything. just a new puppy owner and seem to constantly worry about everything!
 

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Actually animals with murmurs can be treated by surgery or meds if needed to help the pet live a longer life.... So to say there is nothing that can be done is a false statement, the ECG determines what can be done.
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Thank you for your input-i'm learning there are some good options should it become an issue :)
 

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Did you see a specialist who did an echocardiogram? A vet cannot truly diagnose a murmur without an ECG... Tho if your dog had a slight arythmia that was super low and the vets didn't think it was necessary to even do an ECG that would make more sense.... However... They still don't know the extent of it without an ECG....
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They classed it as a 3 out of 6, and he could hear throough listening to his heart it was fairly significant. I think if he starts showing signs then i'd definately get one, it's what everyone seems to be suggesting. Thank you for your input!
 

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Hi, my puppy has just been diagnosed with a 'significant' heart murmur. (grade 3:(), he is 10 weeks old. He is eating fine, healthy weight, showing no symptoms at all, very active and is no different to any other puppy this age. The vert said from looking at him, he is fine.

I am very worried about him, and have been told it may be innocent-so may go away. And if it doesn't he can either go on meds or have an operation (which one is dependant on what part of the heart is affected), and this apparently is very sucessful if he needs to have it done.

We have booked him in once a month over the next 3 months to keep him monitored, and there is no way we would have given him back to the breeder or not have the treatment he needs-we are keeping him and either way were going to do what he can to make sure he is ok.

I was wondering if anyone else has had their puppy diagnosed with this and what treatment they have had, or if they have live with a murmur and has lived a normal life? I'm so worried about him-not that he knows any different-he's fine in himself!

Thanks, I am new to the forum so aplogies if this has been spoken about before or if it's in the wrong section or whatever-just after some reassurance :(

Welcome.

I've never had a dog with a heart murmur, But I have a pretty serve one.

I am assuming dog and human murmurs are the same?

If so, it COULD lead to issues, or it might not. You just have to remember it's a factor. I have never had anything bad happen because of mine. But that is speaking all from a Humans point of view. I don't know about dogs.

I hope everything works out.
 
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