Q. We are picking up a rescue dog which has a slight heart murmer she is 4 years old. Any advice please.

A. Heart murmur doesn't essentially mean heart problem or heart failure, it might be an accidental finding during a physical examination without any actual symptoms. If she is indeed healthy just make sure she doesn't gain too much weight as this can affect the cardio vascular system on the long run. Don't walk with her too long on hot days and don't over exercise her either. If she start showing symptoms of shortness of breath, coughing, swollen belly, lethargy or lack of appetite - take her to the vet and mention the heart murmur as these symptoms might be connected to her possible heart condition.

Answered By

A. A low grade heart murmur does not mean necessarily that an hert disease is present. If your dog is showing signs of possible heart disease such as cough/ sneezing, exercise intolerance, lethargy I would recommend to investigate the problem further. Chest radiographs and heart ultrasound are the next steps to define the heart problem. A cardiology consultation and ECG would be useful as well.

Answered By

Related Questions

Related Articles

10 Common Myths About Animal Shelters Debunked

By Jaime Lynn Smith Animal shelters are a huge asset to the communities they serve as well as surrounding residents – and, of course, to the animals. Unfortunately, their purpose and contribution to society are often misunderstood....

Read More
As Wildfires Still Rage in California, Pet Charities Need Help

The images on the news are hard to bear: walls of flame, family homes reduced to smoking piles of grey ash, bewildered animals with burned paws being tended to by veterinarians. In Northern California, two massive wildfires—the...

Read More

DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training.

Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD.

User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions.

petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice.

Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.

Continue Reading