Dog With a Heart Murmur

We recently purchased a Shitzu puppy the first visit to the Vet. we were told he had a heart murmur. We have become so attached to him it would break our hearts to return him. He is 8 weeks, old what is his life expectancy?

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Paul from Burkburnett, TX

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January 15, 20070 found this helpful

i think it varys from dog to dog, but when i was a teenager my parents bought a britney that had a heart murmur. she passed away last year at the age of 15.

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January 15, 20070 found this helpful

No way to know for sure, but do not give him back: enjoy being his people. I have a 16 year old toy poodle with a life long heart murmur which has progressed in the last 3 years to needing medication, and he is still doing fine as long as he gets his meds. Consult with your vet about yours for a prognosis. Was told when ours was 9 that he would eventually need meds.

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January 15, 20070 found this helpful

Mt Dalmatian had a heart murmur and the Vet always told us not to worry about it. She died at 13, old for a Dal, of other causes.

Maybe you could take your dog to a heart specialist at a Vet teaching hospital like Cornell. They have excellent specialists and don't cost much more than a regular vet.

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January 15, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you all for your feedback. We decided to give him the best life possible no matter how long he lives.Hopefully with love and care he will have a good long life. If we did return him we could not replace him and it would break our hearts. Just watching him play is priceless.

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