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07-05-2009, 12:52 AM   #1

5 yr old Boxer with heart murmur

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07-05-2009, 08:46 AM   #2

Re: 5 yr old Boxer with heart murmur

I`m sorry you found this..

Sadly Boxers are prone to murmurs .

Did your vet give you an inclination as to the scale of the murmur.

They will be graded on a scale of 0 to 6 0 and 1 being classed a clear, then depending on the severity of the murmur the number will rise.

Not sure why the vet wants to x ray... this wont show the severity of the murmur...what he should be doing is making an appointment with a Cardiologist for Harley to be tested for AS

Dont despair, many Boxers live long and happy lives with minor heart murmurs..

Something else you need to be aware on is ..Cardiomyopathy

Have a good read of these sites, will help you understand

Also get in touch with e Boxer Breed Council, they will be able to tell you where there may be some heart scoring going on.

Through out the yr they supplement the scheme at Boxer shows , where Cardiologist will test any dog on the day..for a much reduced price , thanyou will pay seeing one privately

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07-05-2009, 08:54 AM   #3

Re: 5 yr old Boxer with heart murmur

I would get him formally graded first before subjecting him to an x-ray which may require a GA. I would also ask for a blood test first and foremost to eliminate other possible reasons for his fading energy and weight loss (although 7lbs isn't too bad unless he is underweight already) How much does he weigh?

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