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Sandstorm has a slight heart murmur!

Discussion in 'General Health' started by KarenCurtis, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. KarenCurtis

    KarenCurtis Premium Member

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    Sandstorm had his senior dog check up today. They found a slight heart murmur. Has anyone dealt with this? He's having early detection blood work done next week, it's recommended for all senior dogs. I'm kinda worried, any advice? Thanks
     
  2. Sharon7

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    My first Sheltie had this 25 + years ago - it was towards the end of her life and didn't affect it. My kitty had a slight murmur a year ago and this year they said it was gone. Usually means a valve is not working right. Try not to worry too much until you get the full story - I know it's hard. :hugs
     
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  3. KarenCurtis

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    It's a grade 2
     
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  4. ghggp

    ghggp Moderator

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    Seems like you are in the safe zone...
    Grade III murmurs have a loudness that falls in the middle of grades II and IV. Most murmurs that cause serious problems are at least a grade III.
     
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  5. Ann

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    My Lacey has one too. We found it in her pre surgical check last year before her gallbladder surgery. It’s not uncommon and most dogs are fine. Your vet will just keep an eye on it. Lacey is only 8 BTW.
     
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  6. KarenCurtis

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    I love you sheltie people! Sandstorm does too! :hugs
     
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    What did your vet say about it? Any advice on diet? Glad you have folks here to set your mind at ease!
     
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  8. KarenCurtis

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    Unfortunately Sandstorm had the checkup during his daycare stay, I was at work, thinking everything was fine. The vet was either with another patient or had gone for the day when I got there at 3, I spoke with the techician. We are having a senior dog bloodwork done that was recommended. That will be next week.
     
  9. Caro

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    Yep, my Benny years ago had a heart murmer. He lived to 15 years and died of testicular cancer (back in the days when it wasn't common to get your dog desexed). As he got older the vet said not to run or do any intense activity, and for a while we had to watch he didn't chase things. He did get more puffed out as he got more advanced so slowed himself down. But otherwise it didn't affect his lifestyle or longevity.

    Hey I've just got diagnosed with a heart murmer too, but the cardiologist didn't tell me not to run - maybe he could tell that I couldn't.:biggrin2:
     
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  10. ghggp

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    Geezz Caro... I am sorry to hear you have been diagnosed with a heart murmur!

    With Benny beating the odds and living past the normal life expectancy of a Sheltie... you will too! :biggrin2:
     
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