Grading heart murmurs
Hi! I am not a doctor but my pom puppy did just have open heart surgery for PDA...successfully! We had a cardiology consult and they graded heart murmurs on scale of 1-6 which I believe is the same grading system for people. (I used to work in EKG). Jolies murmur was a 6 and very bad, her heart was enlarged to twice its size trying to compensate. As for the weight gain problem, my older pom has been gaining tons of weight but I am attributing that to the new puppy and extra treats. I have to watch him! He is 9. THere is a very good vet who visits this site Dr Welton, hopefully he will see your post and give you the correct info and how to proceed. Some people thought we were crazy to pay for open heart surgery for a 4 month puppy but how could we not? There is a program called Care Credit that some vets participate in. It allows you pay off in payments with no or little interest. So I dont get a new enagement ring....She is my little diamond. Did I say that out loud? LOL. Good luck! Write any time. If you are in NY State Cornell University/Hospital is the BEST!!!! Shelley
Taco blue fronted Amazon (rescued)
Sir Abbott. "Abby" (10 year old Pom) and Jolie's Uncle!
Samantha 15-16 cat (rescused SPCA)
Jolie our baby Pom, born Feb 9 2005 had recent successful PDA surgery at Cornell Univeristy Hospital
Jolie is now ONE and doing GREAT the best loving and smartest dog!