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Hello. I am new to this forum. I have an 11 year old Havanese that was diagnosed with a really bad heart murmur last year. Has any one else experienced this with their Havanese? I have had him since he was 3-4 months old. Thanks, Pam
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Hello Coronada, welcome to the forum! My Hav's are very young and I haven't experienced this. Hopefully another member has and they speak up. What has your vet said? Does it limit his activities?
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Hi Pam, Welcome. No- we haven't experienced this with a Hav. before. Kona's just going to be a year on Christmas day. I am so sorry you are having to go through this though. Bless his heart. Did your vet tell you it's something he's always had? Or is it something new? I'm sorry. Maybe it's nothing serious.
I have a heart murmur that I've always had since a baby, and the only thing it does for me is make me have to take a VERY HIGH dose of antibiotic before I go to the dentist. Weird, I know!
Please post pictures of your sweetie when you can and welcome again!
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My havs are between 1 and 2 years old, but you can share the pleasure of owning a Hav for 11 years. Has your Hav had symptoms a long with the murmur?

There is a yahoo group for Havanese health and some on that forum speak of murmurs. You can find it at: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/havhealthforum/
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I am sorry to hear about the heart murmur. Do they think it is something that has developed or that he was born with?

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Hi Pam, Welcome. No- we haven't experienced this with a Hav. before. Kona's just going to be a year on Christmas day. I am so sorry you are having to go through this though. Bless his heart. Did your vet tell you it's something he's always had? Or is it something new? I'm sorry. Maybe it's nothing serious.
I have a heart murmur that I've always had since a baby, and the only thing it does for me is make me have to take a VERY HIGH dose of antibiotic before I go to the dentist. Weird, I know!
Please post pictures of your sweetie when you can and welcome again!
Brooke, I think they stopped the antibiotic thing before dental work about a year ago.

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Thanks, everyone for your responses. It looks like all of you have very young dogs. Corey has had the heart murmur for only about a year and a half. He is in daily meds for it. I was just wondering if any other Havs out there have had this? I know they typically can have problems with their eyes, but I had never heard about the heart murmur. I could take him to a cardiologist, but what would they do? I would rather make him comfy and loved, until it is decided that it's his time to leave us. Although, I'm certainly not prepared for that. He's such a mommy's boy and never leaves my side. As soon as I can figure it out, I will post a photo of him. I haven't been a member for a forum for quite some time, so I have to relearn it. Pam
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Pam~ I'm sorry to hear of Corey's heart murmur. I know Tom King, on this forum, has older havs. I'm sure if you PM him he'd respond.

Best wishes to you and little Corey.

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Brooke, I think they stopped the antibiotic thing before dental work about a year ago.
Wow--- well that shows how long it's been since I've been at the dentist. I went Jan of last year and had to take them. Ug...

Corey is very cute! Thanks for adding a pic! Have you been able to talk with your vet about what and how this will affect him, other than being on meds?
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