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Old August 10th, 2008, 04:15 PM
thill224 thill224 is offline
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2 yr old Bichon X with heart murmer

My vet just heard a heart murmer on my 2 yr old bichon x. I'd like another opinion on where to first proceed to decide the severity of this issue. The vet first suggested to to a heartworm test. We live in Labrador, and there is no heartworm here. We spent last summer in the northeastern US, and upon return to Labrador she received a dose of Revolution. (I might add that the heartworm test costs $135 because of courrier fee to the lab in PEI). Would my money be better spent on a chest xray or ultrasound? Do you think there is even a risk of heartworm since she has had the Revolution?

She appears healthy, active and eats well. She has an occasional cough, particularly in the mornings. I understand this can either be a symptom of heartworm or heart disease. She is currently taking antibiotics for an anal gland infection. How would you suggest to proceed? I have only one vet to choose from in my town and I'd appreciate your suggestions.
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Old August 13th, 2008, 12:21 PM
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Nicker Nicker is offline
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My Bichon has had a heart murmur for years and it doens't hold him back at all. His is a low grade heart murmur. I do pay close attention to his breathing and panting. If he ever shows signs of increased panting or if his breathing patterns change we make a trip the vet as these could be sings that the murmur is getting worse. So far nothing. He is 12 years old and still quite active.
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