What is a heart murmur?
- Heart murmurs are caused by turbulent blood flow, which creates abnormal sounds
- Murmurs can vary considerably in seriousness
- Most murmurs can be managed with appropriate monitoring and treatment
- Some dog breeds are more prone to heart issues than others including Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
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Although the detection of a heart murmur in your dog sounds like scary news, they are a relatively common finding.
Murmurs in dogs vary considerably in the degree of severity though, so may suggest some tests to explore things further, as well as regular monitoring of your pet.