Comments on My dog has a heart murmur. How serious is it?

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carolyn   goodlettsville, Tennessee

4/25/2013 3:41:56 AM

i meant tosay a stage 4 heart mummer what does tht mean for her

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carlyn   goodlettsville, Tennessee

4/25/2013 3:37:16 AM

my friends dog has a stage 4 heart what does this mean

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carolyn hecker   kalama, Washington

4/11/2013 8:16:43 AM

@Kelly , Your story touched my heart, I am so sorry for your loss and for your other dog. I too loss my 12 year standard poodle recently, and her friend our other dog, has been so depressed, it is so difficult, and almost does not seem real to lose our companions so early. My other dog is a standard as well, he is 11 yrs old, and now he is acting up.( walking around franticly, nervous, un able to rest) I just found out yesterday he has a heart murmur! I took him to another vet, (long story)and he said did you know your dog has a heart murmur, I was shocked, to say the least. After reading some of the causes for it, it makes sense, as he has dental issues, and has had several teeth removed. Anyway dear, I feel your pain for your baby:(

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Tracy   Tega Cay, South Carolina

4/10/2013 10:31:39 AM

Our 1 year old Chinese Crested Powder puff, Bentley, was just diagnosed with a grade 2 (on a scale of 6) heart murmur. It doesn't seem to affect him at all, but I'm considering further tests to find out why he has the murmur, if it can be treated, etc. I want to know if it's congenital or from something else.

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Kelly   Montreal, International

3/5/2013 3:27:15 PM

My 8 year old chihuahua died yesterday from a stroke related to a huge heart murmur. It was diagnosed 2 years ago but vet said it was something to keep an eye on. Well, I got him back to the vet last week, vet put him on heart pills which he was to take the rest of his life. He stopped eating and I was going to bring him back to the vet Monday morning which I did cuz he was coughing very hard all night. I gave him CPR and he did have breathing but barely so when I handed him over to the vet, less that 2 minutes she comes out and tells me he died. I noticed white foam coming out of his mouth when I handed him over. That's the last time I saw my little boy, Oliver. I'm so depressed and so is my other chihuahua, she goes from room to room looking for her friend. He was the most loving dog I've ever had. I just want to know if heart murmurs lead to what the vet said, mitral valve defect??? Anyone understand this?


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BrianP   Sussex, NJ

12/5/2012 3:08:12 PM

Just remember, it is not always death sentence, The best you can do is be easy,not too much excitement, but let the pup have some excitement, let them play and live life as a dog.if it gets hot out,keep air cond on,a doggy pool,shade,, believe me,, the pup will know when he/she needs to slow down,you will be able to tell also after a while. just educate yourself and be loving and patient.

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BrianP   Sussex, NJ

12/5/2012 3:05:36 PM

I am a foster for a dog rescue,Socks was one of my first fosters,he had a stage 4 heart murmur, we ended up adopting him, we initioally got him when he was 3 months old, we have him for 4 months, 2/14/12-10/1/12,, he passed away in the yard with another foster pup, playing on a nice warm day, he was my buddy, I knew it was bad,we were told he could live 10 days or 10 years, i was hoping for 10 years. He lived life, alot of life in that short time, he was my buddy. I have had many pest, but his death affected me, he died in my arms, But I would NEVER hesitate to foster another heart mur mur pup,just to see him happy and enjoying life was simply,, beautiful.

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Cindy   Durham, North Carolina

10/15/2012 4:12:32 PM

Our 6 year old Co jack ( Corgie/ Jack Russell mix) was just diagnosed with a level 3 heart murmur. he was adopted from Seminole county ASPCA in Florida

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Kathi - 256044   

7/13/2012 1:53:06 PM

My 7 month old puppy has been given a grade 5 heart murmur diagnoses. They have told us that an untrasound of her heart is what the next step that we need to do. Unfortunately, the cost is so high and my husband was just recently laid off. I love her so much and only want the best for my little Chloe'. Is there anything that we can do for her here at home?

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Tina   Pensacola, FL

5/15/2012 4:05:06 PM

What do I need to expect if my dog is actively dying of a heart murrmer?


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lee   swansea, SD

11/29/2011 10:48:56 AM

Just took my 8 week old boxer male to vets for is first jabs and they told us that he has a level 3 heart mumur and will cost us four hundred pounds a year in tablets. and may only live till he 9. Has this happened to any one else and have any answers as me my gf have boight our first house age 23 and wabted a boxer cause they great with bavys we been told. my email is

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AJ   Jersey City, NJ

10/30/2011 6:31:47 AM

I'm glad I found this discussion. We have a 4 month old german pinscher male that was recently diagnosed with a Grade 5/6 Heart Murmur due to severe pulmonic stenosis and has hypertropy of the right ventricle due to the heart having to work harder to pump blood. Vet recommends either giving the dog back to breeder or doing the balloon angioplasty to open the valve if money isn't an issue. Nothing is guaranteed and no one we've seen is overly optimistic. No one wants to see him suffer, we're considering bypassing the surgery and going with a rescue.

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Richard   Cary, NC

11/8/2010 12:28:49 PM

Great information ... gives me some background on what I can expect when I talk to my vet.

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Cassandra P.   Champlain, NY

9/18/2010 2:20:00 PM

My 2.5 year old Boxer was just Diagnost with a grade 5 heart murmur. Which the vet said it is lower end of severe. He said life span with a boxer with a grade 5 is about 3.5 which im very worried about any advice? any one have boxers live longer than that with a stage 5?

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Barbara   Greeley, CO

9/9/2010 3:12:05 PM

I just bought a english mastiff 13 weeks old and I was told by the vet that she has a 5/6 heart murmur. I called the breeder and he said we can give the dog back and get our money but I have grown fond of her and dont know what to do. Financially we cant afford all the test so I dont know what to expect if I keep her any suggestions. Thanks

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Janis   Howell, NJ

6/3/2010 12:04:21 PM

My dalmatian has had a heart murmur since he was a puppy. He is now 8 years old. His is 4/6. He is just recently a little overweight so the vet cut down his daily food intake & we are walking him a few more times, other than that he is fine and other than the usual frontline/heartgard he not on any medications.

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ethel   new stanton, PA

11/11/2009 9:52:21 PM


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Missy   McHenry, IL

10/11/2009 6:37:15 PM

I just adopted a 10 week old puppy that was diagnosed with a grade 4 heart murmur after we got him, he had pneumonia when he was a baby which could have caused it. So in my mind if its that kind of damage hes probably not going to grow out of it... Anyone have any suggestions/ advice for me?

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nice   de, DE

3/5/2009 3:36:06 PM

my dog is only 19 weeks old and she has a heart murmur. we dont know if it will go away!

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Pamela   Charlotte, NC

1/12/2009 8:49:00 AM

I just got a puppie (8 weeks) and the vet said she has a heart murmur, but I don't know at this point if is something that it would go away as she mature!!!

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