|09-02-2013 09:01 AM|
|09-02-2013 06:54 AM|
Thank you for your replies, and information! I will update the post as we go on, we are getting quotes from the vets at the moment.
|08-29-2013 08:51 PM|
|Sookie||Sorry I mistyped - she had a coil - NOT valve - inserted. And it was a grade 4 murmur that she had, so excellent quality of life, and a long life, after the surgery is certainly possible.|
|08-29-2013 08:36 PM|
There was a thread with extensive references last year. Go to http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...-now-what.html
Wishing you success with finding information and fingers crossed for a good resolution to Blake's situation.
|08-29-2013 08:20 PM|
|Sookie||Hi, I'm not sure exactly if my dog had the same type of heart murmur, but my dog Hayden (whippet/yellow lab mix) was a rescue dog from a shelter in Virginia and when I adopted her she had been diagnosed with a very serious and life-threatening heart murmur. The humane society had already scheduled her surgery when I fell in love with her at the shelter and that week she had a valve put in her heart to keep the blood from pooling; it was necessary to save her life and I was told it was a relatively new surgery for dogs at the time (7 years ago). She has been absolutely fine ever since without a hint of any kind of problem - bursts of energy like most whippets and content to snooze in between racing around. She lives with my parents in Virginia now (I moved to England 5 years ago and knew she would not have coped with quarantine as my cats did) and at almost 8 is a very healthy and happy dog. I don't think she knows there was ever anything wrong with her! Also, she was spayed after the heart valve surgery, so it had no adverse effect on her ability to go under anaesthesia. If you like, I can call my mom and have her go through Hayden's papers and find out exactly which heart problem and surgery she had. Best of luck!|
|08-29-2013 09:31 AM|
So we had a vet appointment last night for Blake, and he has informed us he definitely has a heart murmur, he believes it is PDA (Patent ductus arteriosis), and would like us to have a echo-cardiogram.
He also said that if this isn't treated he probably wont live past the age of 2!
Has anyone else's dog had this, and have you had the surgery? How did it go?
I think we will be booking him in for the scan next week, but was just looking for some advice/ information etc...