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I have an English Bulldog that has just turned 1 year old. He has a Grade 4-5 Heart Murmur and I am having a hard time getting some statistics about the surgery to fix it. I was wondering on average 1. How much does it cost. 2. What is the succuss rate (He lives a normal life). 3. If it is fixed is the life expectancy decreased. Any information that you could give me that might help would be greatly appreciated. I tried to post a pic but I am new to this forum and am not sure if it is going to work.

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I personally do not have answers to your questions but I wanted to say good luck!! He is a stunning dog.
 

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Myself I would call the vet and ask to speak to whomever gave you the results and get the answers to your questions.
All vets prices are different especially when it comes to surgery in fact you can call around to different vets in your area tell them what you were told and ask them for prices and there thoughts on that procedure this way you will have different price ranges and you can hear what each one has to say about the procedure and compare :D Good luck and he is a nice looking dog :D
 

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I know with humans, the majority of the time heart murmers don't need to be fixed they just need to be monitored and if it is a high enough grade, medicine has to be taken at each dentist appointment or an appointment that might involve a cut or blood
 

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Well one thing that I have the liberty of is that I live in Michigan and there in Michigan State which is where we would be referred if we decide to do it. What happens is our vet reffered us to a guy in another city who does all of the preliminary tests ekg, ultrasound, etc. for $345 and then our vet said he would refer us to Michigan State where they can do it. She also strongly recommended that we did this. But the problem I have is I think that some vets might also be very one sided toward not taking the cost into the consideration when recommending a surgery (i.e. they are huge animals lovers and want anything that can be done...done) But I think the price differs depending on the complexity of the problem and I am sure other things... I was trying to get a non-bias opinion/possibly hear from somebody that has been in this situation.

I know this is long but Thanks,



as you could guess by looking at him it is hard to say no to him
 

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4 years ago I bred a pup with a grade 3 murmur. Today she is living a wonderful life, with a family who wanted her, even though she wasn't perfect.
The murmur was not fixed..she runs, plays fetch and is basicly a happy little girl. She does take Forticor once a day.
after dealing with her for her first 1 1/2 years i would never consider putting an EB under the knife unless there was absolutely no other way.
 

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thats cool...Ya ours doesn't seem to have a problem as far as running around....he seems to keep up with a beagle when he's inside... they really get going when we decide to go to bed (had to make them sleep in seperate rooms). I myself havn't ever been around EB so I don't really know what is active and not for them. I do know that where he come from he was the most active bulldog they have ever seen.
 

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Is there anybody else that has any information?? or that is in this kind of situation? thanks
 
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