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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My 11mo old female Boston terrier's heart beat boom, boom,

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My 11mo old female Boston terrier's heart beat boom, boom, boom-boom continuously. Is this normal?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gregg replied 3 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Gregg and I will try to help you out with Tara, today. Did this issue with her heart just start, or has it been this way since you have had her?

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Started recently. I've had her since she was 5 was old
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
5 weeks old
Expert:  Dr. Gregg replied 3 months ago.

Sorry for the delay. a rapid, pounding heart beat in a young dog could be a number of different things. My problem is my website keeps crashing and I'm having trouble answering your question, so I am going to opt out and let another expert help you. I apologize. My bot***** *****ne here is I would have your pu seen by a veterinarian soon to make sure there is not something seriously wrong. Good luck. Dr. Gregg

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. A pounding heart lacking the usual sinus arrhythmia (normal irregularity in the heart rate) is worrisome for a congeintal (present at birth) heart defect in a Boston. Here's very complete synopsis of these defects: As Dr. Gregg,mentioned, Tara needs to see her vet at your earliest convenience. These defects are often life-threatening. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.