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post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-28-2009, 11:10 AM
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You need to be ready for the expense and emotional challenge of a dog who potentially has a serious heart problem before you take this pup. Of course, we all need to be ready for serious health problems with our dogs, no matter how wonderful or competent a breeder is. You just happen to have more information from the outset.

In terms of the practicality of it: check your bank account, check your own heart, and go get the dog. Take the reduced price, ask for a rider on your contract that specifically states you'll have the rest of the price refunded should the dog continue to have a gradable murmur after, say, six months of age.

Your first stop after your regular vet for a puppy checkup should be a veterinary cardiologist to grade the murmur and to have a baseline of heart health as the pup grows.

As many here have said, minor heart murmurs often disappear as a pup ages. Just be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.
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Well we did decide to get the puppy with the heart murmur. We've taken him to the vet twice so far for shots and checkup and during the last visit the vet said she could barely detect any heart murmur at all. The vet said that the murmur will most likely just go away over time. So far hes been a very good puppy and we love him to death. Heres a few pictures of Mickey. In most of them hes playing with the Pomeranian puppy next door.
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Mickey is adorable~~congratulations!

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What a cutie Mickey is and congrats on your new baby.

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