I just returned from the vet where my dog got her annual check-up and shots and while there the vet detected a heart murmur. He said she would have to have two differnet x-rays done (a total of 250.00 dollars worth), before going to a specialist to have an EKG done. He said she has what sounds like a leaky valve. How common are these? What can I expect? What will going to a specialist do? I have so many questions and any help would be very appreciated!!!
Well, humans and dogs both get this. Alot of people and probably dogs are walking around with murmurs and don't even know it. Thats what an emergancy room dr. told me. If it was detecable than it might be bad enough to be put on meds. Human meds are inexpensive. Basically the eco-cardiogram will show you the murmur exactly. And it measures how much the heart is pumping, not pumping all that. Without meds, the heart works harder than normal, and the valve that is not working properly stretches and enlarges over time. With the right dosage of meds it can stop it from enlarging.
Thats what a human heart specialist,(my sons dr) told me. I would think a dogs heart would probably act in the same fashion. My son is not bothered by his murmur at all. Only way we found it was because he had a cold and was at the dr's office so she checked him longer because with the murmur it caused his chest to hurt a bit when coughing from the cold. Hope it was some help.
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I would not waste time getting to the cardiac specialist. First you need to establish if it is congenital or caused by a baterial infection. If it is the later, speed of treatement is of utmost importance. If it is congential and the dog is given meds on a regular basis and it given regular check up, it can have a relatively normal life span. But I would not put this off.
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