My family has an 11 year old Maltese, always in excellent health except for the typical small dog teeth problems, she gets a cleaning under general anasthesia about every 18 months, but they aren't clean for long.
I noticed a dry cough and ignored it for a few weeks, no other symptons.
Last night, it seemed a lot worse, so I took her to a walk in clinic. The vet diagnosed a heart murmur, "loud" and instantly upon listening to her.
I left her for a CXR and blood work to determine the best meds for her.
What is a heart murmur, and what can I expect.?
Unfortunately, financial considerations are also in play. Is this something that has a good chance to check with medications, so that she can extend her life, or am I about to torture her with keep her alive, but with a poor quality of life?
It's people info, but the concept is the same.