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Sydneys Mom
30th September 2011, 05:36 PM
Sydney's vet called today just to check up on him. In speaking about his heart, I asked her when his murmur first started since I couldn't remember. I know it's always good, the later the better and to be heart clear at age 5 is fantastic. She went back to his earliest check-ups and has always triple check his heart because he is a cavalier. The first hint of a murmur was in Oct 2008 when he went in for a dental. They heard a possible murmur that was not constantly auidible. Then in March 2009 she was hearing a Grade 2. That's when it was suggested we get Sydney to a cardiologist for definate diagnosis. It wasn't until Jan. 2010 that he was diagnosed with MVD.

What this tells me is that Sydney was heart clear at age 8! I know it wasn't certified clear in 2008 by a cardiologist, but for me, it's good news. He is now 11 1/2 yrs old.b*n*n*

Nicki
30th September 2011, 05:43 PM
That's good to hear



heart clear at age 5 sadly 50% of Cavaliers have a murmur by the age of 5 :( and nearly all have a murmur by the age of 10

Sydney's doing really, it's lovely to hear of these oldies [although sad really as small dogs should be living to their mid teens]

mommytoClaire
30th September 2011, 10:58 PM
Thanks for the update Joyce. And yes, that is good news as far as I am concerned. Sydney really is at that golden oldie age for Cavs. But know its hard when they should be living till 15 or 16!

You are taking wonderful care of him.

denali
1st October 2011, 11:20 AM
That is great Sydneys Mom!


sadly 50% of Cavaliers have a murmur by the age of 5 :( and nearly all have a murmur by the age of 10

Sydney's doing really, it's lovely to hear of these oldies [although sad really as small dogs should be living to their mid teens]

I know, it is really hard. I wish there was something that could be done...
My cav passed away at 7. From a suspected heart attack. He wasn't diagnosed with a murmur but i have a feeling he may have had one by the age of 5.

But I have a friend who's cavalier passed away two years ago at 17! She had a murmur but i think it was only grade 2. And then My other friends Cav passed away at 13.
So there is always hope :)

Love my Cavaliers
1st October 2011, 02:23 PM
I'm going to brag some since I have 3 oldies who are cardiologist certified heart murmur clear at ages 8, 9, and 10. Ironically though, my youngest has a congenital grade 1 murmur, but it hasn't changed since it was diagnosed when he was 5 months old (he is 4 years old now), and his cardiologist said it does not put him at greater risk for worse MVD than any other cavalier. Guess I wasn't lucky enough to totally escape the odds.

Sydneys Mom
2nd October 2011, 09:19 PM
I'm going to brag some since I have 3 oldies who are cardiologist certified heart murmur clear at ages 8, 9, and 10. Ironically though, my youngest has a congenital grade 1 murmur, but it hasn't changed since it was diagnosed when he was 5 months old (he is 4 years old now), and his cardiologist said it does not put him at greater risk for worse MVD than any other cavalier. Guess I wasn't lucky enough to totally escape the odds.

This is something worth bragging about