Over cautious?

posted 1 week ago in Pets
  • poll: Get the echocardiogram
    yes : (5 votes)
    14 %
    no : (30 votes)
    86 %
  • Post # 17
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    2791 posts
    Sugar bee

    I would do it because I have insurance and it would be covered at 100%.

    If I didn’t have insurance, I would probably not do it right now.  Maybe down the road if he started showing signs of a heart issue, but definitely not right this moment.

    I recommend getting insurance asap for your puppy.  It will help to make these decisions much easier as he ages.

    Post # 19
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    1627 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    kaitlyn8298 :  I’m a vet and I wouldn’t recommend an echocardiogram unless a pet actually (and definitively) has a heart murmur. Boxer cardiomyopathy is an acquired disease, it is not present at birth but it is genetic and it develops later in life. An echocardiogram at 8 months would not identify boxer cardiomyopathy. That being said, boxers are prone to pulmonic stenosis which is absolutely a birth defect and can cause sudden death (but is always accompanied by a murmur). Subaortic stenosis can present as sudden death as well (and is usually more sudden than pulmonic stenosis). 

    honestly, the chances of having more than one puppy have sudden death is extremely rare. Get the echo if it gives you peace of mind, but it won’t likely give you any other info.

    Post # 20
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    1627 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    Also, I didn’t read the other comments but I second the recommendation for pet insurance on ANY puppy. And get it before there is any pre-existing medical conditions.

    Post # 21
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    2791 posts
    Sugar bee

    Also, did the breeder show health records of the parents?  If the dad is a carrier, that is a terrible breeder.  If he isn’t a carrier, than I definitely wouldn’t do the test as it’s very slim that two puppies from two different litters would have the same issue.

    Post # 23
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    4926 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2017

    His, mine, what kind of thinking is this in a relationship??? “His dog”, “my dog” don’t belong in a committed relationship heading into marriage.

    NEWSFLASH**   BOTH dogs belong to the BOTH of you now. Agree with PPs you are making yourself look worse and worse with every post. 

    #TEAMYOGI!!!!

    Post # 24
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    3533 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2021

    Honestly? I’d probably pay for the tests because I’m a neurotic mess who would be losing sleep worrying about it until I had answers 

    Post # 25
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    226 posts
    Helper bee

    kaitlyn8298 :  Wow, just wow!

    You are capable of so much love and concern for this dog yet none for cookie? This is turning into a real wicked stepdogmother story!

    Having said that I hope BOTH the dogs you have under your care live long and happy lives. 

    Post # 26
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    2179 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    It depends on how much money that it for you and whether or not you can afford it. I’d probably do it. Your dog is probably fine but it wouldn’t hurt to be certain.

    Post # 29
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    563 posts
    Busy bee

    To be honest dogs heart beat really fast, much much faster then ours and a puppies even faster then usual. It’s hard enough to listen to a tiny murmur in humans but in dogs it’s really really difficult unless it’s really obvious 

    idk much about vet medicine but I would pay attention to your dog. Is he panting more then usual in heat or sob with barely any exertion. Just because that family said they did see any signs does not mean they were not there 

    Post # 30
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    375 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m sorry but both you and your fiance are really bad pet owners. Him because he completely neglected his dog and you for treating the two dogs you live with in completely different manners. It is not about how much money goes to whose property, it is about helping a living being have a better life for however long poor Cookie has left on this earth. If you can afford one expensive procedure that’s not even mandatory, you should be able to provide for the other too. Who cares if he’s not “your” dog? He’s a living creature who suffers from his selfish humans actions. 

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