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Rescue Dog with heart murmur......help??

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Frangipan, Jun 22, 2010.


  1. Frangipan

    Frangipan PetForums Newbie

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    We have recently (4 weeks ago) adopted a Jack Russell Terrier into our family. The rescue center told us he is 6 years old, they had not vaccinated him though his records clearly stated these were overdue, all pads on his paws were sore causing a limp when walking on hard surfaces, he had no microchip and he also had advanced gum disease about which nothing had been done and meant he couldn't have anything but soft wet food (no chews or anything!).
    Cut a long story short but we have now rectified all these issues and he has settled in well despite having to have 5 teeth pulled! However back on our first trip to our Vets when most of these issues were raised, we were also informed that our new family member also has a heart murmur and is likely much older than 6 years probably more like 8 or 9 (the Vet actually suggested given the state of his teeth and the heart murmur we should return the little guy to the rescue center......not likely!).
    My question is this...... the opportunity has quite suddenly presented itself for us to move to Perth, Australia (we are currently in the north of England) - we are concerned that the stress of the flight, quarantine period (30 days in Perth Quarantine Center) and the hot climate might be too much for the little guy given his heart murmur ???(the vet that carried out the dental procedure checked his murmur – physical check only, no bloods taken - and was confident that this isn't currently causing him any significant problems so was happy to do procedure and the only symptom we have noted is that a brisk 30 min walk in temperatures of 20 degrees or above and the little man is pretty exhausted at the end of it - he does occasionally get a bit of a coughing fit when he gets too exuberant with his ball).
    We don't want to endanger his life by relocating him, we love the little guy dearly and we want to do right by him - your thoughts would be appreciated.

    Thanks :)
     
  2. Lucylewis0

    Lucylewis0 PetForums VIP

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    That is a real tough one hunni.......... has the vet given you a grade on the heart murmur?

    Have you spoken to the rescue centre?

    I think the best thing to do is have a long converstion with your vet regarding moving to Perth and go from there........... stress in dogs with heart murmur can be fatal
     
  3. Frangipan

    Frangipan PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks Lucy.
    We are at the Vets today so will have a chat with her about the implications and risks in relation to the severity of the murmur. Hopefully the murmur isn't so severe that we can't take him with us, he deserves a settled life with a forever family - we were certain that was going to be us. Fingers crossed it will be.
     
  4. Frangipan

    Frangipan PetForums Newbie

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    Okay, bit of an upsetting trip to the Vets. Apparently we are looking at possibly a Grade 4 heart murmur but without further tests he is just going on what he can hear through the stethoscope. He has strongly advised against putting Buddy through the stresses of a flight followed by living in a hot climate. So subject to our Visa being confirmed we might need to find a new home for the little man :( We want to do the right thing by him but it really hurts that might mean he won't be spending the rest of his days as part of our happy clan. He is a cracking little dog..........
     
  5. rona

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    What a bad bit of luck for both of you,
    By the sounds of it, he can't go back to the rescue where you found him, and it's going to be difficult to rehome with such a poor diagnosis.
    I really don't know what you can do in this circumstance, but it may be worth having a chat with JSR she may know of a way to deal with this
    http://www.petforums.co.uk/members/jsr.html
     
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