How much is heart murmur medication for dogs?
Heart murmur medication for dogs costs around £6 to £30 a pack. The factors that are likely to impact how much you pay will be your dog's dose, the brand of the medication, how many pills in a pack and its type, e.g. natural/herbal or synthetic.
A pack of 100 pills, 0.24p per pill, will come down to £24, whereas, a pack of 28 pills that each costs 0.24p will come down to £6.72.
Bear in mind that if your dog's heart murmur is the result of another condition, you might have to treat the other condition, too, which means there will be additional costs.
What is a heart murmur?
Heart murmur is an abnormal sound the heart makes. It is caused by a heart condition or abnormal blood flow to the heart. It can be heard through a stethoscope. It is not always serious, but it can be.
There are 6 grades of heart murmur with 1 being the softest and 6 the loudest.
Younger dogs with lower grade murmurs (1 or 2) are likely to need little or no treatment. Furthermore, in puppies, a heart murmur can be caused by the fast heart rate of a young heart.
Such murmurs, called innocent murmurs, should disappear after about 6 months. Careful and frequent monitoring is advised to determine whether the murmur is innocent or the result of a heart defect.
High-grade heart murmurs (5 and 6) cause strong vibrations in the heart and can be felt when placing your hands on the dog's chest.
The 6 grades characterize the loudness of a murmur. Although it is likely for louder murmurs to be more severe, there are other characteristic that need to be considered, eg length of murmur, type (based on where in the heart it occurs), timing, etc, for its severity to be accurately determined.
Dog heart murmur symptoms
The symptoms will vary based on the type of murmur and on what's causing it. Some symptoms, associated with heart murmurs are:
- Breathing problems, e.g. too rapid, noisy, laboured
- Exercise intolerance
- Loss of appettite
- Weight loss
- Pale (grey or blue) gums
- Weakness, lethargy tiredness
Dog heart murmur medication - possible side effects
Side effects may include:
Side-effects might be dose dependent. Always consult with your vet before you start giving the medication. And only give if prescribed by a veterinary professional, strictly following the dose they recommend.
Will my dog's heart murmur go away?
Unless caused by an underlying condition that can be cured, heart murmur is an ongoing symptom of an ongoing heart disease or irregular blood flow that requires an ongoing treatment.
Innocent heart murmurs are an exception, as a puppy is meant to outgrow them.
Never self-medicate your dog or purchase medication online without consulting a veterinary professional. If you suspect your dog might have a heart murmur, get in touch with your vet as soon as possible.