Our dog Molly, a cross-breed we adopted from a rescue place about eight years ago when she was reckoned to be four or five years old, has recently been diagnosed with a heart murmur. This came about after she’d been on a much longer than normal walk. At one point on the walk she just lay down on her side for a minute or two, and then got up and carried on as usual. The same thing happened a few days later during a normal walk, but hasn’t happened since.
She has been on her usual walks regularly since, walks lasting between 30 and 60 minutes, with much of the time off the lead in the woods where she sniffs about and probably walks twice as far as me as a result.
We took her to the vet after the two “collapses” and she prescribed Vetmedin (3 tablets a day) plus Frusecare (1 a day).
When I took her back two weeks later I was told she’d have to stay on these meds for the rest of her days, Vetmedin to “keep her heart going” and Frusecare as she “seems to have fluid in her lungs”.
The diagnosis was made by listening with a stethoscope. The Vetmedin cost £56 for 2 weeks supply! We don’t have pet insurance.
I know several people with heart murmurs who don’t have medication and who seem to be very active, so I wonder why Molly has to have medication, and what would happen if she came off it altogether or had a very reduced dose which we could afford. If she hadn’t had the two episodes, would the “fluid in her lungs” have become a problem in itself if left undiagnosed?