Hey, I have an English Bulldog that is approx 15 months old. We just bought him two months ago. When we carried him to the vet they told us he has a small/mild heart mumor. Since then we have taken him to another vet and they have confirmed the same but seem to think it is somewhat bad- he recommended a doggy Cardiologist. He said that we could carry him there and have them do an EKC and an Echocardiogram on Jake and determine if surgery is needed or if maybe there is some meds he can take for it. The reason we really want to persue helping Jake in correcting his condition is he is such a wonderful baby. He plays with my little boy and loves to go for walks on his leash. I dont want him one day to fall out on me and be over excited or worked. We are taking him to have his heart checked the Thursday the 24th. The medical records show his mumor being a 1.5+ I am unsure as to what that means. I didnt know if someone here has ever had a dog with a heart mumor that maybe can give me some advise on how to care for him to make sure he gets the best healthy life that we can give him. He is truely the best dog my family has ever had and I dont want to risk his life in any way. Please I beg someone to please provide me with some advise or maybe someone can tell me where I can get some reading material on this. Thanks so much!
Not sure what kind of help I can give, but my father-in-law got a puppy with a heart mummer.
I think the vets said that he had a 4.0 heart mummer. Anyway the breeders took the puppy up and got the test done. They were told that he had two problems with his heart that he wouldn't grow out of and they couldn't do surgery for them. They also told them that his heart would just deterate and he would probably die by the age of 6.
They let has have him for free. They were the breeders we got our male Gumbo from then from this litter we got a female we named Zydaco. Anyway my father-in-law took the dog and gave him meds. Then when the Buck was about a year old or so. The vet told my father-in-law that the mummer was gone and to stop giving him his meds. Buck is now three and other then being over weight he is healthy.
So no matter what they tell you he should still have a good life. No matter how long or short that is. Expecelly if you love him.
I do hope everything works out and all he needs is meds, or they can do surgery to correct it.
The 1.5 is the grade of the heart murmur. They are graded from .5 to 6 with 6 being the worst. Our toy poodle Elvis was diagnosed with a grade 6 heart murmur at his first puppy check at 7 weeks old. He has been downgraded to a 5. He is always going and it hasn't slowed him down yet. You need to find out what kind of heart murmur. Elvis's is Pulmonic Stenosis. I suggest you go to the search engine google.com and type in (dogs + heart murmur) and start reading. I know our cardiologist costs about $900 just for the consultation. Heart surgery is very expensive. Since Elvis came out of our own breeding, we decided we would just get him neutered and give him the best life we can, which could be a full, normal life. Best of luck, and keep us posted as to what the cardiologist says.
One of my little girls (schnauzers) has a heart murmur. The vet said it was small and that we woud just watch it but she didn't think it was anything to worry about. Maybe if they just keep a periodiac check on it that he will be okay.
My english bulldog, Cash, is ten weeks old. we just took him to the vet and he has a heart murmur as well, Im extremely paniced, the vet that was caring for him was very negative and said we should send him back to the breeder, I'm sure any dog owner...or even pet owner can understand that is just not something you do when you grow an attachment. I would like to hear what your vet says to do with your puppy as for maybe the information may help with our puppy cash. Thank you and I hope the best for your doggy.
Our calico cat was fine for a whole year.. We took them all in for their yearly's and BAM, heart murmur.. I completely LOST my mind.. Worried that she'd just drop dead right there.. All that stuff.. Well its about 2 years later now and she's doing really well.. Her murmur was a 7+ from what we were told.. We did the EKG, xrays, and ultrasounds for about $500 (was there ever a question??).. The first ultrasound specialist said she had cardiomyopathy.. Not good at all.. So, she was put on Atenolol and aspirin.. A year after that she had another ultrasound (she has xrays every 4-6 months and if there is little change in the heart size they do the ultrasound every year).. A different ultrasound specialist.. He said she did NOT have cardiomyopathy, but something like an enlarged aorta.. Basically, yes she has a bad murmur, but the reason for it wasn't as bad as originally thought.. Her heart hadn't gotten any bigger either so that was good.. She's due to go again in May.. This will be the 3rd ultrasound.. She's 3 years old now and it doesn't seem to bother her in the least!! She runs around and chases the other cats just like she always did.. We were told she wouldn't live as long as other cats, but she'd still have a good long life for herself.. $2000+ dollars for a pound kitty?? Who'd have thought it!! Good luck with your pup.. It was never suggested that we do surgery, but hopefuly it won't have to go that far for you guys!! Try not to panic though!!
Our male persian cat has HCM a heart murmer.. We found out when he was about 6 months and decided to have him fixed but when we went to have him fixed they said the murmur was gone so we had another vet check for a second oppinion and they said the same.. no heart murmur. So we decided to use him as a stud for his fine pedegree, also the reason he was bought from the beginning. He has sired 4 litters and the second to last one of the kittens were diagnosed with HCM a couple months ago ( 1½ year old) So we decided to check Merlin again as well and it showed he also had HCM after all. We've had all the other owners who have gotten kittens from Merlins litters and it's astonishing only the one female who has it.. as it is a genetic disease 50% of his kittens should have it. He is now fixed and the other kittens have been fixed as well.. ( good thing I wrote the kontrakt stating that we at anytime could demand having the cats fixed if a problem should show. Anyhow, Merlin is fine and has never shown anything to suggest he has a heart condition. He doesn't need to go on any meds since he is an indoor cat and doesn't "move" much at all ( he's real lazy ) . Don't panic talk to the vet and do the best for your pup :) It's gonna be fine :)
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I had an English Bulldog puppy in my last litter that had a heart murmur. She was vet checked before I sold her and the vet did not detect it. A few months after the new owner had her she brought her to the vet and he detected a heart murmur. The vet graded her as having a grade 4 murmur. She went to a cardiologist and they were going to do the Balloon valvuloplasty but once they got in there they discovered that a vessel was wrapped around the murmur and they could not do anything to her. Of course once I had found out about her having a murmur I gave the women that bought her 2 options which was she keep the dog and I give her all her money back or she could give her back to me and I would still of course give her her money back. She decided to keep her and she just turned 1 years old Friday and she is doing great. She went to the cardiologist a few months ago and he said her murmur has gotten a lot better and that at this point she could not be in any better shape. She is taking beta blockers everyday and I just went to visit with her yesterday and she acts like there is nothing wrong with her. Good luck with Jake!