I AM GOING TO ADOPTED A DOG NAME SONNY DELIGHT FROM AN ONLINE PET ADOPTION AGENCY BUT WHEN I FOUND OUT THE DOG HAD A STAGE 4 HEART MUMER I STARTED TO GET CONCERNED.IF I ADOPTED THE DOG WILL THE DOG DIED ON ME ? OR SHOULD I BE WORRY ABOUT THE MEDICAL COST? I REALLY WANT TO ADOPTED THIS DOG FOR THE FACT HIS IS CUTE, AND VERY OLD 91 IN DOGGIE YEARS AND HOMELESS , MY HEART POUR OUT RIGHT THEN. WHAT SHOULD I DO ? CAN ANY ONE TELL ME WHAT A HEART MUMER IS? ANDWHAT THE EFFECTS ARE ? : JESSICA
***Edited By: SPADE345 on 12/1/2005 12:18:40 AM*** Reason: email was in message
If the dog is that elderly (hoping when you typed 91 in dog years that was incorrect) It is not unusual for dogs that old to have problems. What breed? The life expectancy may not be long, though I'm sure he would appreciate living his last days as a loved pet instead of a the shelter. Google Canine Heart Murmur....it should give you sites that will answer all you want to know.
Grade 4 is on the higher end of the stages. They are staged from 1 to 6, with 6 being the worse.
***Edited By: lpn169 on 11/24/2005 2:04:52 AM*** Reason: add
What breed of dog is it?? Boxers can sometimes have heart problems. I lost a 6 month old boxer 3 years ago. When we bought him he had been heart checked and had a good score, but one day we took him to the park and he collapsed in the green and died right there in front of me and my kids. The vet thinks it was his heart. But to have been 100% sure i would have had to have a post mortem. That would have cost me £130 which i could not afford. It was very traumatic. I think a lot of dogs can live quite long lives with heart mummurs (like humans)My nan has one and she is 89. You would probably be ok with this dog though.
Can they tell you what type of murmur? And has a cardiologist diagnosed him or a vet? If its mitral vaulve or the subaeortic vaulve or a combination of both or PDA Its unlikely the dog will live very long. PDA is usually in young dogs, life expectancy is about 2 years.
I AM REPLYING ABOUT THE DOG THAT I WISH TO ADOPTED NAMED SONNY DELIGHT .SOME OF YOU ASK ME WHAT KIND OF DOG HE IS ? HE IS A FOX TERRIER . I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG HE HAD THE HEART MUMAR. BUT I WAS TOLD THAT HE HAS A HEART MUMAR STAGE 4. HE HAS BEEN CHECK OUT BY THE VET FROM WHAT I HAVE BEEN TOLD. FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR THE REPLY I RECIEVED FROM YOU ALL. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT MATTER TO ME . I AM THE TYPE OF PERSON WHO LIKES TO HELP PEOPLE AND ANIMALS AND PEOPLE IN NEED . THE DOG IS CURRENTLY IN A FOSTORCARE HOME. THE PEOPLE WHO WAS KEEPING HIM TOLD ME THEY THE OTHER PERSON WOULD HAVE TO MOVE TO CALIFORNIA SOON AND HE COULDN'T TAKE HIM THERE.HE IS IN THE RATTERRIER RECSUE PLACE. WHICH ADOPTION ANIMAL FOR PERMENET HOMES AND FOSTERCARE TEMORAY HOMES. PLEASE CAN SOME ONE TELL ME WHAT A HEART MUMAR IS ? WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS? WHAT SHOULD I BE WORRY ABOUT WITH HIM. IS THERE ANY THING I COULD DO TO HELP HIM BE AT EASE AND FEEL MORE BETTER. AND WHEN I DO GET HIM HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE HE PASSES AWAY? ANY INFORMATION AND SUGGESTIONS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED AND REPLYS. IF YOU WHAT TO GET MORE PERSONAL ON THE MATTER OR YOU CAN TELL ME ANY INFORMATION THAT IS USEFUL OR CAN SEND ME ANY PAPER WORK DOCUMENTS THAT WOULD TELL ME ABOUT A CANINE HEART MUMAR PLEASE SEND ALL TO MY E-MAIL OR POST ON HERE THANKS.
OH HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!!!!!!!!
***Edited By: SPADE345 on 12/1/2005 12:20:23 AM*** Reason: email was in message
It would depend upon how attached you are to this dog, since you have not adopted him yet. It may run into a lot of money for his care in the future. If you are financially able to care for the dog and willing to chance that you could lose him, then go for it. Otherwise, there are lots of dogs in rescues awaiting adoption, that may be healthier than this dog that you chose.
Not sure, but he may need daily medication, which could prove costly. A grade 4 heart murmer is certainly on the higher side of the scale.
What is his age? Not sure what you mean by 91, would it be 13 in human years? If so, he probably won't be around too much longer, even if he was a completely healthy animal, to begin with. What made you chose a dog at this advanced age? Not criticizing you, just trying to understand why you chose this particular dog.
Spade 345 I think it is really great that you want to help this older dog. Likeothers are saying it could get costly or he might need medication, but it sounds to me like it would be worth all that to you. Good luck to you both. I don't know about heart murmurs..sorry. If it isn't that big of a dog it could be around for awhile too. I just lost my best friend Peaches. He was a 14 1/2yr old GSD/Gldn rtrvr mix. He was handicapped for 6 months due to his arthritis. I carried him around and he wore diapers. He had a great quality of life and we became even closer. He died 2 weeks ago from renal failure. I miss him very much, but we had an awesome time together. I am considering adopting handicapped pets or elderly pets from here on out. they need love too!
THIS IS SPADE345 . I AM STILL IN PROCESS IN ADOPTING OF SONNY DELIGHT. I AM AT THE SECOND STAGE OF ADOPTION . HE IS SICK WITH A HEART MUMER STILL BUT I AM GOING TO PROVIDED HIM WITH A GOOD AND LOVING HOME. IF ANY ONE WANT TO MAKE DONATIONS FOR HIS MED COST OR ANY OTHER COST LET ME KNOW. HAVE A HEART . HAPPY HOLIDAYS.
***Edited By: SPADE345 on 12/1/2005 12:33:09 AM*** Reason: YIM ID
not trying to be rude, but just wondering if you are going to be able to afford the medical cost that come with this dog. curious as to why you are here asking for donations for the dogs medical expenses is all.
Please, do the dog a favor and do NOT adopt him. If you can't afford his medical costs, leave him for someone that can.
Also, I don't think this is the place to be asking for donations and telling people to have a heart. Most of us are very passionate about animals, so I believe we all have hearts.
Actually, I would think seeking donations for private use would be against webite policy, but who am I to say.
Why not adopt an older dog with less medical challenges? The dog you have your mind set on may be too costly for you. If you can't afford him now, how do you plan to pay for his meciation and vet fees down the road, when and if his heart murmer gets worse?
I forgot to add, that I hope this "online adoption agency" that you are working with will screen their applicants more carefully. Not everyone is prepared to deal with a seriously ill animals and their everyday costs.
I think your heart is in the right place, you want to help, but you are trying to take on more than you can financially handle.