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My dog was diagnosed with a heart murmur two months ago Our

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Hi my name is Kris my dog was diagnosed with a heart murmur two months ago Our vet didn't seem overly concerned.. Said "see you in a year". She has been gasping and coughing.. Sounds like she is trying to hack up a hairball.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr B replied 1 year ago.

HI this is DRB and I wold be happy to help you with this. Any heart murmur in a large breed older dog should be investigated with bloodwork (CBC, chem panel and heartworm test) along with chest xrays and cardiac ultrasound of the heart. I would be very concerned about a serious heart disease causing this murmur and this should be considered the case until proven otherwise. I am not sure why your vet didn't recommend a work but you may want to find another vet. Please let me know if you have any further questions as I will be happy to answer your follow up questions. I Check My computer each night. Please let me know if I can help you further. Most Sincerely, DRB

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you. I called ask a D asked what "grade" the murmur was.. got no response. Think I will find a new vet :-(
Expert:  Dr B replied 1 year ago.

Yes, I agree with your assessment. It is very important that you be told the grade and that your pet receive a proper work up. Please let me know if I can help you further. If you have all your questions answered, please accept my answer. If not, let me know your additional questions as I will be online another hour tonight. Most Sincerely, DRB

Expert:  Dr B replied 1 year ago.

Please hit rate this question as that is the only way I am compensated. Thank you very much, DRB