A week ago today, I took three of our dogs for heart examinations at the Bideford heart clinic, Cardiologist vet Jo Harris attends. The three dogs were Blottie, Ernest and Sasha. Ernest and Sasha I hope to breed together the Spring of 2019, I had also been thinking about rather than doing Lily with Henry Spring 2019, instead doing another litter from Blottie the beginning of 2019. Although the main reason for getting Blottie checked out again, sooner rather than later by a cardiologist vet, was I had, had a bit of a scare with her just over a month ago, when she had her vaccination booster jab. The vet could hear a murmur. The vet who discovered it knows how devastating it would be for me to have Blottie at three years old with Mitral Valve Disease (MVD). She said, "I'm sorry, but I can definitely hear something." I laughed and made a bit of a joke about stressing me out, and when she left I got on with getting her booked in to be checked over by a cardiologist vet.
So last Wednesday arrived, and I loaded up the three dogs and set off with a couple of our children in tow. I had put this to the back of my mind the last month, and part of me hoped that my GP vet had been wrong. I have had it before, where a GP vet has thought they heard a murmur, to then be checked by a cardiologist vet and nothing found. So fingers were firmly crossed.
I was not to be so lucky with Blottie and Jo could most definitely hear a murmur. She though could not confirm if innocent or not, so the only way to confirm if this murmur was indicating a problem with her heart, was to doppler scan her. It was hard to hide my disappointment, this could be ten years of breeding gone. Firstly though she got Ernest and Sasha's auscultation done. Neither of them had a problem, and then she lead Blottie of to be examined more thoroughly. That was the longest 25 minutes, I think I have ever waited.
She came back in the room with Blottie with a smile on her face, was it a smile of sympathy? Thankfully, it turns out it was a smile of relief that the murmur is an innocent one and "No evidence of structural heart disease" could be found. She told me she had not been looking forward to coming back if it had turned out that Blottie had MVD. I did feel a bit bad for making her feel under pressure, but I think she knows how much work I have been putting in to trying to improve health. This would of been a very hard blow to of risen from, so not easy to really hide your feelings when, so much is at stake.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
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