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Heart murmur

hdme
April 28th, 2009, 10:21 AM
Our 9-10 yr old Aussie (rescued 7 yrs ago from an abusive home, so unsure of her exact age) has been diagnosed with a very mild heart murmur. The vet told us to watch for any signs of her activity level slowing or any coughing fits. Is there anything else we should know? I've never known anyone with a dog who has a heart murmur.

rjb
April 29th, 2009, 02:20 AM
Hey HD,

I have a 9 year old 55 lb. beagle mix that was recently diagnosed with a murmur and arythmia.

He's been thru the ultrasound and a few EKGs, and it's caused by deterioration of the mitral valves due to heart disease (there's a possibility that your dog could have been born with the murmur).

He's on heart meds for the arythmia, but there's nothing that can be done about the murmur. But according to the cardiologist, the disease typically progresses slowly. I don't know what "slowly" means in terms of time, and I don't think I want to know. I'm just keeping him active with moderate exercise and hoping for as much time as I can get.

So far, so good. He's slowed down a bit over the past year, not running as hard as he used to (which was the reason we got him checked out). But no coughing yet and he's definitely not turning down any opportunities to get out and about :-)

rjb
April 29th, 2009, 02:22 AM
oops accidentally posted twice..nothing to see here :-)

hdme
April 29th, 2009, 02:41 PM
Thanks for the reply. The murmur was first detected last year either during her annual exam or her senior exam and was confirmed by another vet this week during her annual exam.

totallyhip
April 30th, 2009, 12:21 AM
My boy has a heart murmur. They call it Cardiomyapathy or Boxer CRVC. It was caught early by me and then the vet confirmed it (after a 3rd listen to his heart and chastising me for being paranoid and me not being a vet!) :wall:
We had a 24 hour holter monitor test done several times and Echo Cardiogram done as well. It doesn't slow him down any. He is 6 years and acts like he is 6 months old! He is the most active out of all our dogs. Even more so than our puppy. WE give him a Solatol (beta blocker) pill 2x a day. He doesn't seem any different or act any different than our other dogs. He does cough a bit if he is running around alot. WE just keep an eye on him and make sure he slows down when we think he has had enough.