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  1. Heart murmur detected in 6 month old Lab

    An update regarding Our puppies condition. The vet (and specialist) have advised that her condition is mild to moderate meaning she is not under any impending risk of having a heart attack. However, there is no direct link between the severity of the condition and the chances of Hazel having a heart attack. So basically, we still have no idea! The vet said this case is so rare, they just don't have the data to confirm without doubt how long it could be. The specialist advised that he only sees 3-4 cases per year, and they are all completely unique The vet did explain the clinical symptoms that will become obvious once it does become really serious. Once this happens, she will go on medication, and from this point she won't live any longer then 6-12 months to. The main thing we need to monitor is her breathing, any signs of a cough developing and also ensure she does not put on any excess weight. Id love to get in touch with anyone who had experienced this condition before so if you know anyone, please pass on their details. Here is a pic of our little girl, thank you to everyone who has taken the time to help us out.
  2. Heart murmur detected in 6 month old Lab

    Scratch looks like you are right, our pup has the very rare Tricuspid Valve disease. At this stage we aren't exactly sure how severe it is. Our vet will read the full report tomorrow and also call the top cardiac surgeon in Victoria to discuss. I have a feeling it won't be good and based on my research, I don't see our pup last much longer then a few years. Also bad news for the breeder as the vet said this disease is passed on my either one of the parents although the parents may only have a very mild case. Will need to give them a call do deliver the bad news as well. Our only hope now is that it isn't too severe and won't impact on her quality of life too badly. Thank you all for your help
  3. Heart murmur detected in 6 month old Lab

    Too late for that now, ultrasound is tomorrow morning. I'll go through with it and see what the outcome is. My vet is a surgeon himself, and has had a lot of experience in cardiac issues although he specialised in dental and oral care. I trust he'll do his best and if not refer me to the right place. That's all I can hope for right now. Our pup is perfectly healthy. Weight is spot on, she's normal size, highly active, very obedient. That's why this came as a shock.
  4. Heart murmur detected in 6 month old Lab

    Hi Tassie, our puppy is going in for the ultrasound tomorrow. So far the vet has said he will review the results and if he can determine the cause of the murmur clearly without doubt then he will, otherwise we'll be off to a cardiologist. Here in Melbourne there are several very good ones, not looking forward to the bill though!!
  5. Heart murmur detected in 6 month old Lab

    Scratch - you are right. My puppy is currently with me at my aunties place, harassing her 11 and 12 year old Labs who just want to chill out and relax! I better to get her!
  6. Heart murmur detected in 6 month old Lab

    Sorry, when I mentioned "they both", the vet also had a disease he thought it could most likely be and said it would be passed down by the parents.
  7. Heart murmur detected in 6 month old Lab

    Thanks. whats really interesting is that they are both diseases passed down by the parents. the breeder has already mated and has a litter on the way. After originally notifying them, they said they "checked" the dogs and they were all clear however what "checked" means to me is actually doing an ultra sound to guarantee they aren't breeding dogs with genetic issues. im assuming the information I have could potentially stuff up their entire next litter. Thoughts?
  8. Heart murmur detected in 6 month old Lab

    Thanks for the reply. i thought that was the case. Of course, I wouldn't imagine there'd be too many people willing to return a puppy after having them at home for 3-4 months! I certainly can't do it and the thought alone makes me really upset. we had the pup about 6 weeks before the murmur was detected. To be fair, our vet also missed it upon the 72 hour check up and the first vaccination. She had another issue that we took her to the vet for which is where they picked it up. thanks for the info regarding the breeding. fingers crossed all goes well.
  9. Hi all, As the title suggests, a grade 4 heart murmur has been detected in our 5 month old Lab. Background The murmur was first detected at the end of November by our regular vet. At this point in time it was grades as a 2. They scheduled another check up in a month. A week later our puppy had an allergic reaction and was taken to emergency where they also picked up the murmur and rated it a 2. Fast forward to yesterday, the murmur has been upgraded to a 4 and the vet has requested we get an ultrasound done asap. We are panicking and are really worried. Losing her would be absolutely devastating as we love her very much and she is the first dog in our very young family. The Breeder To be fair, the breeder has been really good. They were very upset when we first mentioned the murmur when is was detected and immediatelt did checks on their dogs which came back as all clear. They obviously had no idea about the murmur and said they've never had any issues at all with previous litters. We spoke to them yesterday and they told us they will offer a full refund or replacement puppy for return of our puppy but for us this just isn't an option. We obviously still don't know what the underlying disease is but yeah, they have offered that at least. General Info She is a beautiful, energetic and spirited puppy. If you saw her, you'd have absolutely no idea she had this issue. She has been loved and really is a big part of not just our family (my wife and I) but our extended family. Questions 1. Has anyone had experience with this? What are we facing? Our ultrasound is booked for Tuesday but the wait with no answers is killing me. 2. Has the breeder been reasonable? Should I be asking for more? The dogs are already pregnant and due in 2 weeks with another litter, is this concerning? Appreciate any help that can be provided.
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