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1st December 2005, 05:27 PM
Abbey had her Cardio appt today, and we were told her heart sounds "beautiful"! icon_banana icon_banana

She wasn't showing any signs of an issue, but we plan to have her checked every year to keep on top of things in case something does happen.

For those of you in Mn, Dr. Tobias at the University of Mn is wonderful! :D

1st December 2005, 05:31 PM
Great news Jen, really pleased for Abbey.

1st December 2005, 06:43 PM
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Fantastic news for her ticker, Jen!! :D

1st December 2005, 07:44 PM
Way to go Abbey icon_banana icon_banana icon_banana icon_banana

Great news Jen

1st December 2005, 08:06 PM
What wonderful news, Jen!!!!! :D

1st December 2005, 11:30 PM
Thanks, we were very happy. We celebrated with a rousting round of "I'm Gonna Get You" in the backyard!! She was going nuts as we just had another fresh snowfall. When I brought her in I had to towel her off she was so wet! :D

Cathy T
2nd December 2005, 12:13 AM
Excellent news Jen. Isn't it a relief to get that info? How old is Abbey?

2nd December 2005, 12:53 AM
Yes great news Jen. And yes isn't Dr Tobias great. I had him check a couple of my pups at a clinic at the Duluth show. He seems so very kind and so sensitive to the dogs.

Bruce H
2nd December 2005, 12:57 AM
Jen, that's absolutely great news. Yes Dr. Tobias is the best. He is the one that sees all our dogs at the heart clinic every year at the Duluth show.

2nd December 2005, 04:26 AM
Dr Tobias is so great, I really like his energy. He's very soft-spoken and calm, Abbey responded to him very well.

Abbey's 3, she'll be 4 in April. Her last test was when she was a year old and still with her breeder. She was never breed, and Dr. Tobias told us he typically sees those in a breeding program every year or so. He said for companion dogs it's really up to the owner's discresion. I figure given the rate of MVD, we'll stick with yearly.

Bruce H
2nd December 2005, 12:25 PM
Oh, Jen, you probably want to let your breeder know the results every year. It will really help your breeder to determine future breeding combinations, especially as Abbey gets older.

2nd December 2005, 06:25 PM
what is the best age to starting gettting their hearts checked?. can my vet do t or do i need to go to see a specialist?. and if so is there any in northern ireland?

4th December 2005, 10:47 PM
Way to go Abbey. Mummy has no excuse not to play catch and chase in the garden with you now :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

5th December 2005, 12:25 AM
Vets are not very good at hearing murmurs; see the chart here:


While a good vet always checks hearts every time your dog goes in (mine does), you need to see a vet cardiologist for testing. You should contact the Northern breed club secretary to see if they know who does this; generally it is a vet school. Most people suggest getting a first cardiac exam done after 2 years old. Because heart disease is progressive, young cavaliers rarely have murmurs. Probably around 2 or 3 is good for a first test for a pet cavalier.

Northern club: http://www.geocities.com/nickcsclub/home.htm

Ms Finlay is the club secretary. Contact info:


24th December 2005, 10:58 PM
thanks for the info karlin its great to have your advice