In the first of a series of videos, vet Stephen Robertson explains the basics of what heart murmurs are. With the help of a model heart, he explains what your vet is listening for when examining your pet’s heart, and what these sounds mean.
Heart Murmurs in Pets – Video Information
In many cases, heart murmurs are mild and pets can live a long and healthy life with limited intervention. In other cases, pets require medication to keep their heart working properly. Please remember that heart problems should be thoroughly assessed by a qualified vet to give your pet the best chance of a healthy outcome. As with any health concern, the sooner we are able to diagnose your pet, the sooner we are able to treat them. If you are ever concerned about your pet’s health, please give us a call. Symptoms of heart murmurs can include coughing, breathing difficulties, lethargy and blue / grey gums.
In a future video, we plan to cover heart murmurs in more depth. This will include video of ultrasound scans of healthy and unhealthy hearts, along with audio to further illustrate what your vet is listening for. When this video is posted, we will add a link for it in this article.
Please remember that if you have any concern about the health of your pet’s heart, you should give us a call as soon as possible. The contact details of your local Yorkshire Vets surgery can be found using the Surgeries menu at the top of this page.
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