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    09-17-2010, 11:43 PM
Heart Murmur

When the vet came out to float the horse's teeth today, they found that Kubie has a heart murmur. The vet said it wasn't a really big one, but we should have the vet check it out with his spring vaccinations. The vet assured me that heart murmurs aren't as serious in horses like they are in people. Does anyone have any experience with this? How worried should I be about this?
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    09-18-2010, 08:06 AM
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Sorry to hear. If your vet said they aren't as serious, I wouldn't worry too much. How old is Kubie? How is Kubie ridden? Worked? That would be my concern, is the extent of excersise you can give this horse.
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    09-18-2010, 10:28 AM
I know MyBoyPuck's horse has a murmur so hopefully she'll weigh in. I know murmurs in horses aren't very uncommon and can be fairly inconsequential as well. It is something you'll want to remind your vet of every time he is sedated for proceedures as their drug choice can be affected by this.
    09-18-2010, 03:28 PM
Kubie is 27 years old. They are all turned out 24/7, which greatly helps with Kubie's arthritis. When I got him, he had been living alone and was pretty stiff. I do lightly ride him occasionally (mostly walk, trot for only a minute or two at a time) because he enjoys it so much. He was a competition and therapy riding horse back in the day, so being ridden is one of his favorite things.

I'm going to keep him blanketed as much as he needs this winter to help with his weight...the vet thought that would help him. The words "heart murmur" scared me. I will keep that in mind when the vet comes out for vaccinations, tealamutt.
    09-18-2010, 07:37 PM
Great work keeping him going to this ripe old age. I have a senior guy too and every gurgle or mis-step stops my heart! If the vet didn't seem concerned I wouldn't be either. Especially since you just have him in light work to keep him happy.

I've kind of gotten away from vaccinating my guy actually. At this point in their lives they have a lot of immunity built up from regular vaccines and a life time of exposure to viruses and bacteria. This is the way that the profession seems to be moving as well, especially in small animals. I would definitely not give him a Strangles vaccine any more and would stick with just the vaccinations for diseases where the benefits far outweigh the risks. And of course your veterinarian's opinion trumps mine always!!

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