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Hi Everyone,

We have a 6-month old Golden Retriever. She was first diagnosed with a Grade 2 heart murmur at 8 weeks. It is now at a Grade 3. She had a cardiologist appointment this week. The ultrasound revealed multiple heart abnormalities. Three of her valves are defective, and her left ventricular wall is weak with a >50% reduction in pumping. I have listed the report details below:

Aortic valvular insufficiency
Mitral valvular insufficiency
Tricuspid valvular insufficiency
Left ventricular myocardial failure (reduced contractility)

Additionally, there were some abnormalities in her ECG results as well (electrical ventricular preexcitation).

She seems outwardly healthy so far. But the doctor indicated that she will start showing symptoms before she turns one. Surgery is not an option given her complicated condition. Medications have been suggested for when she starts showing symptoms. Her regular vet has recommended we leave her intact as the anesthesia might kill her.

We as a family have grown to love her, and are devastated by the prognosis. Does anyone have any experience with this condition?

Also, any recommendations on how to keep an intact female at home? We live in a neighborhood with lots of dogs, and some seem to be intact males. We are concerned she might get pregnant (which will be fatal with her weak heart).

Thank you!
 

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Thanks, SweetGirl and Prism Goldens. She is a sweet girl with a big heart. We really hope she has a happy (pain-free) life.. whatever little she has left.
@Prism Goldens: Thank you very much for your input on handling an intact dog. We will try it on her.
 
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