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Took my one and half, well, two in sept, for her heart clearance with a cornell vet, and he found a heart murmur, grade one. that needs further studies. i will take her to cornell. My heart dropped when I knew he was giving her extra listening time that something wasn't right... He then had me run her and the murmur increased upon the run..

What are the chances that it is only an "innocent" murmur? I am not new to SAS , so I am nervous. I haven't even called Cornell for an appt yet.. I have had SAS in the past with goldens and am worried...

I am not "up" on the more recent tools used to rule out SAS, any thoughts from the group??

Maria Bianco willowbrook golden retrievers. private emals' too.. [email protected]

thanks ....

she shows no signs of slowing down , she is ball of energy that can be stopped!!
 

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Yes, there is a chance there is nothing serious wrong, but a more advanced test will be need, I think an echo. And yes, SAS still exists. But a grade one is no big deal except for breeding.
 

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I have a 6 year old with a grade 1 murmur. We did an echo on her heart just last November and everything was fine. She has been checked by two different heart specialist. It was recommended if I breed her to lines that have no SAS. Cookie had Excellent hips and eyes were clear. She is healthy girl with no problems. She had one litter with our Boomer son. Kodi is clear for PRA and is CHIC. None of the puppies had murmurs. 10 of them. All went to pet homes. None were bred. I don't feel comfortable passing down a problem that will show up in a later generation. Your girl will live a long life even with a small murmur. These SAS issues are not joke. It can show up more serious with future generations. I had a litter where both of parents were cleared and half of the litter had murmurs. The sire of my girl threw 3 litters with murmurs. It can skip two generations. I found out later that my girl's littermate died of SAS.
 

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Maria,

My club brings in Aaron Wey from Upstate Veterinary Specialists in Latham NY (near Schenectady) to do our clearance clinic every year. Probably a little further drive for you, but just one more option, and we have been really pleased with his work.
 
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