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DaniRo 01-04-2014 04:47 PM

Vet says my baby has a grade 1 murmur
Today I took my 9 1/2 week old pup to the vet. She did her examination on him and as she was listening to his heart he fell asleep. She said that he has a grade 1 "innocent" murmur and I shouldn't be to concerned about it yet. She said she probably wouldn't have heard it at all if he didn't fall asleep. She also told me she will listen again next visit and it should be gone. If not she said I can take him to a specialist and have a ultrasound done to see if it's anything to be concerned about. How am I suppose to sleep at night, not hover over my baby and not constantly worry he is sick?!?! Has anyone ever had this with their pup and what should I look for?

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misslesleedavis1 01-04-2014 05:02 PM

My moms dog bailey has a murmur, she has lived with it her whole life! she is an happy active 12 yo border collie. I have read that they can go away though, but in Baileys case it did not. Oddly enough, everyone in the family has a heart murmur..the cat, the dog..myself and my son all have murmurs.

llombardo 01-04-2014 05:19 PM

One of mine had a murmur as a pup and I want to say it was my older golden. It did in fact go away by the second visit.

gsdsar 01-04-2014 06:18 PM

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A grade 1 innocent murmer is not abnormal in a puppy. Often times it just takes a few weeks for valves to tighten up. Most puppies grow out of it by 12-14 weeks.

Don't lose sleep. Your puppy will be okay. Even if the murmur dies not go away, many dogs and people love with low grade murmurs their whole lives without issue.

It will most likely be gone at the next visit. If it's not, or it gets worse, then a trip to the cardiologist is in order.

My older GSD developed a murmur at 8. A grade 3 progressing to a grade 4. She lived to 16. Never any issue with it.

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selzer 01-04-2014 08:29 PM

Yes, a puppy buyer called me and told me their vet had discovered a murmur. I had had him to my vet three times, and they listened to the heart all three times, and nothing.

Her vet told her to return the puppy. She did not want to so I extended my money-back warranty on the heart for a month so that we could get the specialists information.

She took him to the cardiologist -- he was a little older than yours. They did an EKG. And the specialist said that all the parts were there and it was clean, and it should clear it self up. 3 weeks later it was gone.

Let's hope that is what happens for your puppy.

sarah1366 01-04-2014 09:12 PM

Don't be disheartened my brother has 5 year old gsd she has grade 4 heart murder since was 9 month old vet just said not to make her do more exercise than she could cope with she let's him know when had enough but doesn't really effect quality of life till alot older but when aa low as grade 1 I wouldn't worry usually out grow it

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DaniRo 01-04-2014 11:39 PM

Thank you all I'm feeling much better reading your responses!!! He seems to be fine but I'm sure I'll worry until his next visit to the vet. I had a shepherd that passed away way to early at 14 months to something I never knew what really happened so this worries me and is making me worry to much. I also had a shepherd that lived to be 15 and that was the hardest to handle. They were my world so this little boy being so young makes me worry more.

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808GSD 01-05-2014 01:45 AM

Hi, I know it's hard, my GSDs are fine, but I did have a chihuahua/terrier mix puppy that started out with a stage 1 murmur. By the time he was 4 yrs he was on small dose of medication because he was a stage 2-3. He started another medication about a year ago being a stage 4, he was 11 years. He passed away November 12, 2013, his heart gave up his valiant fight and he went to sleep in my arms and never woke up. The point is, he lived his life like the chihuahua warrior he was at heart and nothing, not his heart, not going blind by 2yrs, not respiratory problems (from heart condition) stopped him till he was ready and I would not trade any of it for all the gold in the world. Like another said, it will most likely go away by his first birthday, but if not enjoy your puppy and the love he has to give to you, to life...there is nothing better. Good luck!

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DaniRo 01-05-2014 08:46 AM

808GSD I am so sorry about your pup. I myself have a chihuahua and love her dearly! I love all my dogs like my children. I'm sure it was hard losing yours. I just lost one of my GSD this past October it was hard and I will keep all his memories in my heart. He made such an impression in my family. And if this little guy ends up with having a murmur his whole life I wouldn't love him any less. Every dog I have owned and still own have medical issues. I would never give up on any of them! I love them for as long of a life they have and I get with them. My first shepherd was a rescue and lived with us 14 years. I had a rescue collie mix who died of cancer a beagle/shepherd mix that died from seizures and my last shepherd died of heart issues. The chihuahua has a a underbite and my collie I have now was born almost blind and has an overbite. I love them all and this new guy will fit right in with us if his murmur doesn't go away and I will and do love him for his whole life with us.

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Sunflowers 01-05-2014 09:09 AM

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I had a Pekingese with a heart murmur. Vet said nothing needed to be done.
He lived to be almost 19.

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