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?
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.
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.
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.
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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