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Sandstorm is getting his echocardiogram on Thursday, I'm getting nervous

Discussion in 'General Health' started by KarenCurtis, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. KarenCurtis

    KarenCurtis Premium Member

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    Hi everyone
    I just want to vent a bit. I know I posted about this a few weeks ago, but I can't help but feel nervous about it. Sandstorm has a grade 2 heart murmur, and the cardiac test showed something abnormal. He has no symptoms; no cough, no shortness of breath, and he loves to run. But still, the waiting is getting to me. I hope he doesn't have to have a lot of shaving done. Thanks for listening- I don't want this worry to interfere with my joy when I meet Minnie on Tuesday!
    Karen
     
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    Remember Annie Laurie, Karen? She had the same issue. We simply had her checked annually, and the vet always said she was doing great. She loved a great, long life, too. So relax if you can and know you have this well in hand.
     
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    Karen, they only need to shave a very small area. We have had several dogs over the years with heart murmurs worse than your boy's and they lived out full normal life spans with meds when needed. I know waiting is nerve racking, but Sandstorm should do just fine...and thankfully there is zero discomfort associated with getting the echocardiogram done. Does your vet let you stay with him during the procedure? I am lucky that our vet always lets me stay and comfort my doggies if they get a bit stressed...and all of them do super well with no need to sedate.
    Trini
     
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    Fingers and paws crossed that the vet visit goes well and eases your mind...
     
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  5. KarenCurtis

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    Thanks you guys! Yes I will think of Annie Laurie and all the other dogs who have been through this and remain healthy! Our regular vet is not doing the echo, a cardiac specialist is and I'm sure they will let us be with him. Sandstorm trusts vets and does great!
     
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    Fingers and paws crossed here for a good result from Sandstorm's echo, Karen. He'll do fine and remember, even if they find some abnormality, there are great meds now that are available to our dogs that are very effective.
     
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    Thanks! I'll try to stay positive.
     
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    Fingers crossed here too. I think it should be manageable and he will be able to fully live out his life in spite of it, Karen. Let us know what happens.
     
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