Originally Posted by Justin Elander View Post
My girl has a heart murmur she just turned 7. My vet took some exrays and said her heart looked enlarged and round. He suggested to have an EKG and 2 other tests. He offered me medicine for her which i did not take.
My questions are what will these tests show? Should i just start her on meds? What meds? Whats your experience?
This post kind of strikes a chord with me.
We have a "puppy" out in New Brunswick - he's actually almost 11 1/2 years old now. His vet was telling his owner the same thing, essentially - that his heart looked enlarged on x-ray, and that he had a murmur. That vet did actually prescribe Fortekor for him, which is supposed to slow the progression of heart disease in dogs.
I had sent my Holter out to the owner last year and this year, and those results were ok. He did have some VPCs but that was just something else that set off his regular vet, when I knew that the number was not alarming from my experiences with Holtering. I urged the owner to make an appointment with Dr. Lynne O'Sullivan who had been our cardiologist at the University of Guelph in Ontario who had moved out to PEI last year. I think it's about a 2 1/2 hour drive for them, which isn't out of this world (imo) to see a very qualified cardiologist, but I also told them that I completely understood if they thought the trip might be too much for Rusty at his age, or if they thought it would be too costly for them. Eventually, they decided to make the trip and he saw Dr. O'Sullivan last month.
So, Rusty, as it turned out, checked out well! Dr. O'Sullivan said the murmur was mitral (very slow to progress - I've been told in the past that the dog usually dies of something else before it really gets a chance to get them), and she didn't find his measurements to be enlarged via ultrasound. She said he didn't need the Fortekor at all, and took him off it.
I hope that you get as lucky with your girl. I just wanted to underscore that that is why a cardiologist is so important either way. They can make a more definitive diagnosis because that is their specialty. They will get accurate heart measurements that you can't get on x-ray. They can set your mind at ease, or unfortunately, give a diagnosis that is not what you want but gets the best treatments started to help the dog.