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Grade 5 heart murmur
Hey guys. My husband and I just got a golden retriever puppy for Christmas. His name is Simba and he is now 10 weeks old. It is the first dog either of us have had and we have been anticipating this day for a long time. We took him to the vet a week after we got him to get his 2nd set of shots and for a wellness checkup. That is when the vet informed us of Simba's heart murmur. She said it was a 3-5 on a 6 grade scale. She said that she thought it was significant enough to make a cardiologist appointment. We made one for the 29th of December.
The breeder we got Simba from said we could give him back, but there is no way that we would be able to do that. We love him so much and couldn't imagine giving him back.
There are so many unknowns.. We don't know what to do?
We don't have the resources to pay much more than reasonable medical expensives for him.
Does anyone know anything about what kind of life Simba will have if everything is confirmed and what we need to watch out for.
Our vet said to watch for a blue color to the gums, but he has a very dusky (whiteish) color to his gums already.
, Simba's mommy