Hello all, I took my three year old bitch to the vets for her annual booster. When the vet listened to her heart, he said 'oh yes she has a murmur, not the worst i've heard for a cavi'.
The last thing you want to hear as a cavi owner is that. its taken a few days for me to digest what he has said. I am going to go back and have a chat with him, he is one of my favourite vets, he seems quite balanced, he always has been with other problems that i've had with my dogs.
Should i be asking for a referral to a cardiologist, after much searching on the web, it seems to be more of a USA thing - seeing a dog cardiologist. I definitely want to know exactly what i am dealing with here, she is not just a dog after all - she is one of my little princesses. If we go to our GP and he says we have a murmur - we are booked in to see a specialist ? what are your experiences. I will be taking on advice from all you guys - sensible things like excercise and weight etc..
The way the vet just brushed it off like, oh its expected with these dogs, nothing to worry about , if she gets bad we have medicines for her shocked me. I don't want to leave it and find out she should have seen a specialist before, i'd never forgive myself.
i daren't tell my husband, if she has a minor condition with no need for medicines at least for a while - i can't tell him - he will be so upset. i guess we will have to see how we go, but if she doesn't show any symptoms, why upset him too. Thanks for listening guys - its been nice to tell people who know what i am talking about.
P.S. Barbara Nixon, i see that you live in Stoke, quite near to me. What is your experience with this kind of thing ?