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I am sorry to hear you are worried about Tia Maria. My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.
If you check her gums, are they pink or do they look pale?
Does she breathe with her mouth open, or closed? Can you feel her pulses, and judge her pulse quality?
How bad of a murmur? If it is just a grade 1 or 2, I am not worried. If this is a grade 4 or higher, her breathing effort and coughing may be heart disease. I would be worried about congestive failure or pleural effusion (fluid in the chest outside the lungs).
If her gums are not a normal bright pink, I am very worried about her and if she were mine I would be getting a chest Xray as soon as possible. If she has to pant or breathe with her mouth open, the same thing is true; she needs a chest Xray.
She could have bronchitis or pneumonia if it is not her heart. She really should get a chest Xray as soon as you can get it done. Let me know what else I can help with or answer.
That is good she can breathe with her mouth closed, and that her gums are pink. I wish I could feel her pulses, check for pulse deficits ( heart beats without a pulse), and listen to her with a stethoscope.
Can you take her temperature with a thermometer?
Is she eating and drinking normally?
I still recommend a chest xray for any dog that is using her accessory muscles to breathe, especially a dog with a heart murmur. there could be a connection between her breathing and her having a murmur. Has the murmur been graded on a scale of 1 to 6?
How is Tia Maria doing today?