I think I have posted before that I was getting a new chihuahua puppy on the 9th of April. I have been e-mailing back and forth with the breeder and have seen multiple pictures of the pup. Tonight I recieved an e-mail from her saying that she took the pup for his first vet check today and the vet heard a faint heart murmur (sp?). The breeder's vet said that he felt there was no way that the puppy's heart could have a hole in it. The vet told the breeder that she should bring the puppy back up for another check next week. He also told her that the puppy will more than likely grow out of it. I really do not know what to say or do b/c I have been waiting and searching for the perfect Chihuahua for over 6 months and I thought I had found him. The breeder she said she is willing to work things out and said I am in no way obligated to take this pup. But I have been watching him grow for the past 4 weeks and making plans for the day we drive 6 hrs to get him. I need advice and input. Is it common for puppies to have heart murmurs (Sp)? Do they normally grow out of them? I really have no clue what to do now. What would you do if you were in my shoes would you take the pup anyway? I am just worried that somewhere down the road he'll have more medical problems due to this heart murmur. I am sorry for so many questions but I am in shock and confused. Any advice would be appreciated.
The puppy could grow out of it.When we were breeding rotts we had taken them to the vet and my favorite(who i now own)had a faint heart murmer.He is now full of energy and completely crazy.So dont worry to much and find out what happens the next pet visit.
I have a friend that has a 6 month old maltese that has a heart murmer and has been told that when the dog gets older it could be playing and its heart will stop beating and it will appear to be passed out. The vet said that this may eventually happen until one day the dog won`t wake up.She is devastated but loves and is keeping her baby, I would be interested in knowing if anyone out there has more info on this.
I know for people they tell you not to worry if you have a murmor because 1in 10 people do(or something like that). Anything that sounds a little off from the normal beat is considered a murmor.Just have them look at it maybe when he is a little older.
Beeper...for the sounds of it you must have gotten ahold of a decent breeder...from all the horror stories posted on here I have seen that some dont disclose problems in puppies...which is unfortunate. I would not rule this pup out...but call and talk to your vet and get her vets number and talk to that vet too...see what they think. She just might cut the price if he is going to be a special needs pup also...I wish you the best...I hope it all works out...but thank God she was honest with you...
Well the health gaurentee is that the pup has to be checked out by my vet within the first 48 hours he's in my posession. Also there is a gaurentee against congenital defects with in the first year. The breeder told me that she has never had to deal with anything like this and is willing to work with me. I am going to call my vet first thing in the morning and see what she thinks I should do. Thanks for the advice everyone!
Agree 110% with huronbreeze(cool screen-name btw), sounds like you have a very conscienctious and caring breeder...now if all were like that. I had a heart murmur as a baby, it was watched closely, no expense or test was spared. I "outgrew" it, I wound up swimming and running track competitively...with no ill effects.
Tough one. All I can say is everyone wants what's best for their children. Didn't answer your question..I'm sorry. Good blessings and thoughts.
This is just my view for whatever its worth. But, first of all what a darling baby. None of us are perfect. We all have a mole or wart somewhere. One of my little schnauzers has a heart murmur. The vet said we would just watch it. I am believing she is going to be fine. She has had worst problems in the past. If you really are attached and want this little baby, go for it. They can grow out of heart murmurs and he is so little it probably will never be a problem. I don't want to influence you wrong, but nothing or no one is perfect. Just love him.
I once had a pup with a heart murmur. The vet said it didnít sound too bad, and he will probably grow out of it, but still, I could not in good conscious sell him or even give him away for free to anyone so I kept him until I was sure he was fit to go. When he was about 4 months, he was chasing another dog while playing, and in the middle the chase, he just dropped dead in its tracks. Didnít show any advance warning. He was full of energy running and playing like a normal 4 month old when his heart gave out.
Not trying to scare you, but there is always the chance that he will not grow out of it and will break your heart as well.
My first rescue dog was diagnosed with a Grade II murmur when I got her (she was 6 mo. old), but she has since outgrown it and is happy & healthy. We believe her's had as much to do with the poor nutrition and atrocious place she lived prior to being rescued.
what an ADORABLE little guy!!!! i agree with sandblagbu 1000% nobody is perfect. you just have to look inside yourself and talk with your family to see how much of a risk you are ultimatly willing to take. i would definatly see what the vet has to say though before making any final decisions... best of luck and my prayers are with you and the little one