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Posted: 07/09/21 11:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just got a call from our breeder. The puppy we picked has a slight heart murmur. His vet thinks it will go away. He does have another puppy we can take. Thoughts-do we take the risk on the one we picked or should we pass?

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Stick with your first choice.

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Posted: 07/09/21 12:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Stick with the first choice even if he might be unhealthy?

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It depends on the type of murmur. I've seen many innocent murmurs that indeed do disappear, so the vet may be correct. There are more serious murmurs indicating congenital heart issues. Your vet should be able to distinguish (getting a 2nd opinion), but an echocardiogram will give you peace of mind.

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Hi Dr. Doug. I've read that depending on the grade (1-6) it may or may not be serious, with up to Grade 3 probably something that will go away. We don't have him yet-I don't want to get attached then find out he is seriously ill. What I'm thinking is I might have the breeder's vet do the echo and just reimburse him for it one way or the other.

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I would think the breeder would pay for the echo. It's in their best interest to verify the murmur and if it's a major health concern or not. If you choose to take another puppy, they still have to know how bad the murmur is before selling it to another buyer.

If the breeder isn't willing to pay for the whole thing, maybe offer to cover half of it. I know you were thinking of a second puppy, so you could add that by paying for half the echo, you get a discount on another puppy 1-3 years from now.

Or you could take the other puppy and then offer to pay a much reduced price for this puppy without the echo. That gives this puppy a good home regardless and you get the second puppy with no health issue.


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If you choose to take the alternate puppy, the most likely thing this honest with you breeder will do is to put the puppy down. He will not likely try to sell it to another buyer.


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Got a message from the breeder. It's a Grade 2 murmur. From what I've read it will most likely resolve itself. Dr. Doug has contacted me via PM and is being of great help but I still would like to hear opinions. Most likely we will take the puppy and hope.

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Crowe wrote:

Got a message from the breeder. It's a Grade 2 murmur. From what I've read it will most likely resolve itself. Dr. Doug has contacted me via PM and is being of great help but I still would like to hear opinions. Most likely we will take the puppy and hope.


Grade 2, I would take the puppy.

My cat Looney2 had a heart murmur at his vet visit the other month. Ended up, he was just stressed from riding in the car with Tornado-dog.

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I would consider it if the puppy was free otherwise no.


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