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Old 08-22-2012, 04:53 PM
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for annual checkups for the hounds--the vet comments about Wilson's muscular legs, and nicely trimmed toe nails.

Then she checks Baxter out--comments on his good condition as well, and his heart murmur is a little more pronounced.

HEART MURMUR? I did not know he had a heart murmur! Then I remembered my husband took them for their appointment last year (I could not go due to another obligation). I looked at him today and said "HEART MURMUR??" He thought he told me.

So today vet took some blood to check a few things and we go from there.

Vibes for my little guy are appreciated.
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:56 PM
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I'm sorry. Did she say what grade it is?
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:00 PM
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I think she said grade 1--but I was a little taken aback at the moment. He is 7--so not sure what that means as we move forward--just makes me anxious, and I want to know what I should/shouldn't do. She wasn't overly concerned at this point--but we will see what the bloodwork shows I guess and then go from there.
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:01 PM
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Grade 1 isn't anything they usually worry about - my Maggie developed one about that level at age 9-10 and it stayed the same for the rest of her life. Our vet wasn't worried about it at all. Grade 3 seems to be where they start talking about changing things.
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:05 PM
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(((((hugs))))) ugh I hate when stuff like that is sprung on you! Grade one isn't bad, though But my thoughts are with you guys!!
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:58 PM
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Auggie had one at his last checkup too; he's six. You can go to a cardiologist and have it graded, just listening to it they can't always get an accurate grading, but if she said it was about a 1, I wouldn't be worried about it. My vet didn't think Auggie's was serious enough to have it graded though I'm pretty sure he told me it was a grade 3 or 4... the vets at the university actually put down NO heart murmur when he was in for his ultrasound... the tech did say she could hear "a little something" when I asked her during his physical exam, but didn't seem overly concerned. So I think my vet just mispoke. Auggie's getting a new vet soon so hopefully they will give us a better idea. =P Did your vet recommend getting it looked at by a cardiologist? If not... nothing to panic about yet. It happens with older dogs. It sucks to hear that though, because my first reaction is "Ummmm my dog's not older!" Ugh. =<
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I have one too bax, guess I'm in good company eh?
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I have one too bax, guess I'm in good company eh?
One too? A heart?
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Auggie had one at his last checkup too; he's six. You can go to a cardiologist and have it graded, just listening to it they can't always get an accurate grading, but if she said it was about a 1, I wouldn't be worried about it. My vet didn't think Auggie's was serious enough to have it graded though I'm pretty sure he told me it was a grade 3 or 4... the vets at the university actually put down NO heart murmur when he was in for his ultrasound... the tech did say she could hear "a little something" when I asked her during his physical exam, but didn't seem overly concerned. So I think my vet just mispoke. Auggie's getting a new vet soon so hopefully they will give us a better idea. =P Did your vet recommend getting it looked at by a cardiologist? If not... nothing to panic about yet. It happens with older dogs. It sucks to hear that though, because my first reaction is "Ummmm my dog's not older!" Ugh. =<
Yah id be questioning a vet not concerned for a grade 3 or 4 heart murmur... the scale only goes up to 5.

If its a grade one it's not something you really have to think about in terms of exercising. Ella has a grade one heart murmur.
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