I just took Finnegan to his well puppy check up. She was glowing about how perfect her was.....skin, fur, teeth, palette, ears, joints, even his behaviour and attentiveness. She was totally impressed with his awesomeness...... Then she stopped talking and got all quiet. Then she said he has a heart murmur.
She was clear that it was something to be concerned about but at the same time not to lose sleep over it right now. Because he is only little, he sleeps a lot so trying to read into any symptoms would drive me crazy more than anything. She wants to see him in a week to check again. She also told me to read what she printed off and avoid googling it (too late....lol).
What a crappy way to start a life time friendship.
Oh dear, I am sorry the checkup turned out poorly. Did your vet get specific as to what was wrong? I have known of pups that were given a "murmur" diagnosis, but by the time they were adults everything was fine, and even passed heart clearances.
There are a lot of knowledgable people on this board who can give you more help than I.
Karen and the gang
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So sorry ! Keep us updated. Poor pup if it turns out to be a real problem - poor you to experience this so soon,
Good thoughts that Finnegan outgrows it.
A murmur does not mean a defect. One of my sons has a murmur that was classified as innocent. Don't get crazy about this - there are more diagnostic tests that can be performed if the vet feels that it is necessary to investigate further.
ETA - you should advise your breeder, who, frankly, should have told you about the murmur beforehand. My breeder had a puppy in Blaise's litter with a murmur. If the puppies had been vetted before being sent home with buyers this should have been revealed and you would have known in advance.
Last edited by BigBrownDog; 10-28-2011 at 05:40 PM.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
I am so sorry this is happening to you. I hope it is something that does not affect your puppy in any way, the advice above from Sharon is really good. I know someone that heard the same diagnosis from their vet at a 1st puppy check up and it turned out to be nothing to worry about. Good luck.
Awww... hopefully it will turn out to be nothing serious at all.
He's super cute by the way.
Zoe had a murmur as a puppy, and it went away.
Hope this is the same for your pup.
Linda and Zoë, the Umlaut
Good thoughts for Finneggan
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.