carolync Posted April 7, 2015 Report Share Posted April 7, 2015 Hi all, It's been over ten years since I last posted on this board. Wow. Anyway, I recently adopted a young border collie; at 4 months of age she had an enlarged heart and level one heart murmur, vet figured she will lead a full life. Turns out that's not the case. At 11 months her murmur was a level 3, at 15 months, a level 5. I took her to the cardiologist and it turned out she has a congenital heart defect, blood vessel never closed up at birth. We are scheduled for surgery next month to correct it. She will probably live a full life if her heart goes back to it's normal size - right now it's the size of a 100 lb. dog. Anyone have any first hand experience to share? Also looking for ideas to keep her calm for 4 weeks after. On a side note, she's also extremely reactive and fearful, which started somewhere around 6 months (she was in another adopted home at that point, she lived in 4 different places before landing at my doorstep at 7 months). Heart issues can cause feelings of panic and anxiety in humans, and I've very curious to know if it's the same in dogs. Thanks in advance for any advice, stories, etc. Carolyn Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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