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8th April 2006, 07:04 PM
Hi everyone,
Thank you for the kind words, thoughts and good wishes. Riley had his 16 week vaccs. and the vet still hears the murmur. She said it did not sound worse or better, but the same as it did at 10 weeks old. So, at least it is not any worse, but I still wish it had decreased in sound or something. :(
The vet suggested that if i want another opinion, there is a very good veterinary school in Davis, north of where we live. I felt she was being honest with me and have made an appt. with the vet clinic at Davis. It will be on Apr. 17th. I really hope that the appt. there may give us more insight into whether he has a flow murmur or something more. Our vet thinks they may be able to do a thorough job and give me some answers.
I can't help it, i just can't rest easy until i know if our little Riley is going to have a decent chance at healthy reasonable life. The waiting without any answers is just unbearable for me and my husband. We love our little guy so much, we just want to know if his heart is okay. It's worth checking every avenue for answers, that's just how I feel.
Anyway, i think there is a member on this board from Davis. I have heard really good things about the vet school there, everyone says they are very good and state of the art. So i feel better knowing Riley will be seen by experienced vets that have seen lots of cases.
Thank you everybody, I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for our little guy.

8th April 2006, 09:48 PM
So sorry Laura ((((hugs))) for you and Riley.

I've heard great things about Davis too.

From my understanding, they should be able to do an ultrasound and invesigate the murmur fully, but I'm sure someone cleverer than me will expand that for you!

I can understand why you want to know more...need to know what is going on and what to expect.

Keeping everything crossed foryou, please keep us posted.

8th April 2006, 10:06 PM
I'm sorry to hear this remains such a worry for you. I think you are right to get a cardiologist opinion as the whole issue is weighing on you in this way. Vets often can't hear murmurs very clearly as they are not using the best equipment, only a stethoscope which is pretty basic, and overall, a cardio should be able to give you much more info. I doubt you will have anything to worry about as he is still very young and ussally these things do take til they are about 6 months to go away, by all accounts, but getting the best professional opinion you can will no doubt be very helpful to you in understanding what might be going on and whether you need to be seriously concerned. I do know that this topic is often discussed on the breeder lists for example and that puppy murmurs are not something that overly worries most cardiologists unless they continue well past the 6 month stage, if that is any reassurance to you.

As for Davis: I went to high school in Davis and my dad's career was as a prof of medicine at their med school. Their vet school is one of the best in the world. Rory's mom on this board is a vet student there so she may come in and tell you a bit more. She will probably know or know of the cardio specialist. :)

9th April 2006, 05:41 AM
Hey Laura!
Sorry to hearr Riley still has a murmur. :( The vets at the hospital here at Davis are really great. I'm a 2nd year vet student. Send me a PM and we can get together when you're up here! Even if you just want someone to sit in the waiting room with you when you bring riley up. Let me know when you make your appt and I'll try to meet you.