My 11 week old new puppy just came back from the vet and she said he had a stage 2 heart murmur. Our 15 month old golden had a stage one and it went away on it's own. The vet started talking about EKG's etc if it doesn't go away. Should I be concerned about stage 2? Please share your experiences and knowledge if anyone has had their puppy diagnosed with a stage 2 murmur.
Sounds like the exact same situation as me. We got from a breeder that had all health clearances, heart checks etc.
When we brought him to his first intial checkup, the vet said he had a mild grade 1 murmur. She told us the exact same thing, that he may outgrow it but if he doesn't by his 2nd set of shots than we can do an ultrasound or ekg. At his 2nd set shots the murmur was still there and seemed to sound a little clearer. At this point I wanted to go to a Board Certified Cardiologist who is an expert in this situation...As vets only do the tests and send them off to a cardiologist anyway.
So we got referred to one by our vet, and had a chest ultrasound done. At the end of it all. The Cardiologist told us that he has Mild Mitral Dysplasia, and that's what is causing the murmur. It will be with him for life, but will not get worse. The Cardiologist said that it shouldn't affect him, and if it ever does it only will when he's a Senior.
So my suggestion is don't worry, it's not the end of the world. And there's a good chance that it's nothing. I suggest waiting and if he doesn't grow out of it, then go the same route as me and see a board certified cardiologist. They will figure out EXACTLY what's wrong.
This sounds so similar to my pup who's 19 weeks now. Maybe we got our pups from the same breeder