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Benign Heart Murmur

Also called innocent heart murmurs, they can be heard in young puppies and resolve themselves by 4-5 months of age. They are usually heard during an appointment for early vaccinations. Re-checking the heart a few months later is needed to make sure the murmur is not still present. Benign murmurs are always graded a 1 or 2 in intensity out of a rating from 1 to 6. They are more common in puppies with narrow thoracic cavities. The following are terms that apply to benign heart murmurs and even though they may apply to "real" heart murmurs as well, they are always associated with innocent murmurs. Ask your veterinarian if the murmur is systolic, crescendo-decrescendo (diamond-shaped), or considered musical.

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