Please Help! Penny has a Heart Murmur...
My poor girl Penny has been diagnosed with a Grade 3 (approx) Heart Murmur! Thank the lord we caught it early, we started her on her medication from the vets today.
We noticed Penny had been panting slightly more than usual in the evening, so we took her up to the vet. Penny does pant quite often, when she is in the car, or out on some trip or a longer than normal walk, but that's just a habit.
Penny is 9 years old, and we have had her 3 years and a bit, so I knew she wouldn't be with us as long us our first Chi, Cosmo, who is 6 and who we have had since he was three weeks old.
But to hear that... I've been so worried since yesterday, when one vet diagnosed her. So we went to another for a second opinion, and it was true.
The vet said the Heart Murmur was probably caused by the amount of puppies she has had from her previous owner (breeder). Penny has had no puppies with our other Chi Cosmo, and has been relaxing and loving life in our house.
Penny has had many litters, and in her last, a litter of ten (although not all puppies survived) she had to get a Cesarean Section which left a scar of course, but has never caused her problems until now. And before this, she has always been an active, healthy Chi. She remains active, and her normal self really apart from a little more evening panting.
We have contacted a Cardiologist for an appointment, because he is fully booked via vet at the moment, and we really need her seen as quick as possible, and he is based not far from our home.
I will update on this, but I really need some help!
Does anyone know anything about this, or has anyone experienced this before with a pet? I would really appreciate advice. Thanks.