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Just wondering if any of you have a Havanese with heart issues? And how you handled it?

My Havanese - Rico - is 6 and will be 7 in a few months. He was recently diagnosed with a heart murmur - stage 2-3 - and he had an echo and x-rays and so far his heart is okay - but he does have mild to moderate mitral insufficiency. He has no symptoms except the heart murmur and he needs no medication for his heart is compensating for now, but it really shook me up.

Anyone else dealing with this?

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Hello,

Just wondering if any of you have a Havanese with heart issues? And how you handled it?

My Havanese - Rico - is 6 and will be 7 in a few months. He was recently diagnosed with a heart murmur - stage 2-3 - and he had an echo and x-rays and so far his heart is okay - but he does have mild to moderate mitral insufficiency. He has no symptoms except the heart murmur and he needs no medication for his heart is compensating for now, but it really shook me up.

Anyone else dealing with this?

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Not in my dog, but I have a heart murmur myself that sounds similar. I've had it for 25 years now, and it hasn't gotten any worse!
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Thanks, Krandall. I just was so upset. It came out of nowhere so it was a shocker. He's healthy and active and we train together and then out of the blue he had a heart murmur. Glad to hear yours is fine. I'm hoping Rico takes after you. Thanks for answering.
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Sorry to hear about your issue. Here is an article on this, Signs of Heart Disease in Dogs

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Thanks, Dave - for your response and for the article. Rico shows no symptoms and the murmur was just picked up at a regular appt. I was lucky because they did the echo and x-rays the very next day. So far, so good and he needs no medications but the echo did show issues with his mitral valve - not serious yet. I'm reducing his weight - he's not overweight or obese - but the Vet suggested I bring him down a pound or two - to keep him really lean. And he's very active. He has 5 titles in agility and we're working on a freestyle routine at the moment. I was just sad as he's only 6 - well he'll be 7 in a few months but he seems so young. Your article suggested supplements so I'm going to look into that. Anything that will help. Thank you.
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you might be interested in talking with Catherine ? Herbal Support for the Heart - The Possible Canine

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Thank you, Dave. I'll take a good look at that site. It looks like it has a wealth of information. Thank you. I appreciate you posting this.
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Sue/Rico, I myself have Mitral Valve Prolapse, and am going strong with no medicines needed, either, like Karen. Mine, also, has not gotten worse, and I am not a young chicken! :-)
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Thanks, Krandall. I just was so upset. It came out of nowhere so it was a shocker. He's healthy and active and we train together and then out of the blue he had a heart murmur. Glad to hear yours is fine. I'm hoping Rico takes after you. Thanks for answering.
Mine came out of the blue too... When I was in the hospital with pre-term lapbor with my first... JUST the time you want them to tell you, "Oh, BTW, did you know you have a significant heart murmur? Yeah, really slushy sounding!"
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My first Havanese Sparky had a significant murmur from the time he was very young. I actually got him as a puppy for my father and he became ours at eight years old. He was a wonderful little dog and passed away at 15 yrs old.
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