I just wanted to get information if any one knows about a grade 1 heart murmur in a puppy. Is this somthing they can outgrow? Does it mean they will develop heart disease in the future? Are they generally hereditary? Would you stay away from purchasing a puppy with a heart murmur? Just any info I can gather would be wonderful...Thanks in advance
A grade 1 heart murmur is considered to be a very minor murmur, comparitively speaking. There's a 0 to 6 scale, with 0 being no murmur at all, and 6 being the worst murmur imaginable. It depends on what you want to do wtih the dog. I'd be extra careful to have re-screening done as the dog got older, it's possible that the murmur could go away entirely, or that it could get worse as well. A dog with heart issues could concievably be more succeptible to problems when undergoing anesthesia, or overdoing it when exercising. A grade 1 murmur I probably wouldnt' stress out over (unless anesthesia were needed). I might not use the dog as breeding stock but this is just me.
I've heard that it can be heriditary. I've also heard that it can go away in time or get worse as minnyar said. If you're going to purchase a puppy with a heart murmur, though I'd make sure that I was really up to the task. It could end up being a financial burden to you in the long run. If the dog ever had to go under anesthesia it would be very risky. And with that said, would inable you from spaying her/him which would put the pup more at risk for cancer or if a female pyometra (infection in the uterus) where surgery would be the only treatment option. I think what I would do prior to purchasing a puppy would be to talk to a specialist to see what they recommend and what the prognosis would be, and how the dog's quality of life would be in the long term. It might help give you an idea before you place yourself in a position to where you don't have much of a choice. I would say being a grade I that the pup is very lucky that its not any worse. I do hope that the pup's murmur improves instead of get worse. Sounds like a tough situation. We had a little chihuhua come in with a heart murmur. I can't remember what grade it was, but it was severe enough you could actually feel it when you held her. The owners were unsure of what to do. They decided to keep her and so far she's survived a year, but the murmur is still the same. She is a happy little dog, we just can't say how long she'll live with her condition. I think if I remember correctly there is a surgery to repair certain types of murmurs, but its very costly and of course very risky. Good luck in your decision.
I just got a 7 month old Havanese puppy Saturday June 18th. Breeder said I get 72 hours to have him checked out, which I did, and found out that he has a level 2 heart murmur. My husband feels and so do I (however he is such a adorable little guy) that I should return him to the breeder.
If you look on the Offa website (which is the database for canine health testing) you will see that Havanese have a very low incidence of heart disease. They are ranked 51 (1 being worst) of all the breeds for developing heart problems.
Puppies are living creatures. There are no guarantees. Could this puppy died before 12 of heart problems? Yes. Could it die at a year old? Maybe. You don't know.
You could return this puppy though and have the next puppy die of cancer or an undetected liver problem. You just don't know. I am not telling you what to do either way, as I am not an expert in this particular breed.
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