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post #1 of 118 (permalink) Old 05-25-2007, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Heart Murmur

Mango will not be coming home this wknd due to a heart murmur the vet detected today. The vet said it might go away in 2wks or more. Does anyone here know much about these in young puppies (8wks old)???

This news is the worst ever...
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Here is an exerpt from vetinfo.com about a puppy with a heart murmur. What I have been told is seeing a canine cardiologist for further tests is best if the murmur doesn't either go away or get better with age.

Heart murmur in puppy

Q: I have just acquired a 8 to 10 week old puppy. She is the runt of the litter and has a significant heart murmur. You can actually feel the murmur when you hold her. She seems healthy, happy and hungry. My vet has checked her and told me to come back in a week. He said that sometimes these murmurs disappear as the pup grows older. My questions are what happens if the murmur does not go away? What can I expect? Surgery? Drugs? Death? Thanks for your help. Anita.

A: Anita- Heart murmurs occur for a variety of reasons. The loudness of the murmur does not always correlate well with its seriousness. A small defect in the wall between the heart chambers may produce a very loud murmur that will not be much of a problem. On the other hand, murmur from a patent ductus arteriosus are loud in many cases and they are serious. If the murmur persists your vet will probably either recommend a work-up of the murmur at his or her hospital if possible or refer you to a cardiologist if that is necessary. It would be best to go to the cardiologist if your vet remains worried about this murmur or if your puppy is not growing normally and playing like a normal puppy. Hopefully she is OK. In that case it may be OK to adopt a "wait and see" attitude -- but it still wouldn't hurt to see a veterinary cardiologist if there is one in your area.
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This is awful!
Before you get to upset, wait and see what the vet has to say. I will say that its best you found out now. Please keep us posted. I know someone else going through this same thing right now.
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Ohhhhhhhhhh, hang in there! It's actually a good thing that you learned of this before you brought Mango home. I know it doesn't seem like it now, and I'm so sorry, but this could be a really good thing in a year from now when you look back and re-read this somehow. Try to hang in there and know that your perfect little Mango is waiting for you.

I'm hoping this is just a speedbump in the road to bringing your Mango home.
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Sorry about Mango, I was just on the Havanse Club site reading about the heart murmur, maybe it will help if you read the information on the site.
http://www.havanese.org/hcaHealth.htm
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Oh, I am so sorry to hear that Like others have said here, just wait and see how it all pans out. Just keep as positive of an outlook as you can and try not to get discouraged. Oreo and I are sending you good vibes and well wishes.

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Thanks everyone...

I just don't know what to do.. If the murmur does not go away, do I accept mango as is? Or will the future not be so bright? Its so hard..

Do any of the breeders on here know much about puppy heart murmurs?? anyone???????
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I don't know about heart murmurs in puppies, but my good friend's daughter (human) has a heart murmur and they have had to restrict her activity level and take her in for annual exams ($$ and worry).

The decision to take Mango with that knowledge is totally up to you. Will the breeder reduce the price to compensate for medical expenses to come? Are you willing to take Mango to the vet as often as needed and restrict activity as much as will be needed? Would it be better to wait for another puppy? It's totally up to you. (Please don't answer these questions for me or anyone else. I'm just trying to prompt some questions for you that come to my mind.)

I would recommend that you make an appointment to go talk to your veterinarian as soon as possible and find out what he/she thinks. S/he will give you much better questions to ask from his/her training. S/he he has much better knowledge than 99.9% of us.
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I'm sorry to hear this Freeway... I know you have been waiting what seems like a long time to get your little Mango.Like the others posted before though,it is best to know this now,rather then later when you would of been shocked at your vets office...then wondering what to do now/contact breeder?take puppy back?etc.I hope everything works out for you and little Mango comes home safe and healthy.

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