New member . . . Kitty diagnosed with heart murmur
- Hi all,
I hope it's okay to post this here since Riggs hasn't been diagnosed
with HCM! We just found out today that our 1 1/2 year old male
Ragdoll Riggs has a grade II/III heart murmur. He's a rescue and
we've only had him about three weeks now; in addition to the heart
murmur, he is also recovering from a viral infection and may have to
undergo surgery to remove an undescended testicle. I was initially
more worried about the testicle since he is having
testosterone/androgen-related skin problems (stud tail and hair loss
mostly) and has been spraying, but now that I've done some research
on heart conditions I'm really worried about his long-term health.
He isn't having any other cardiac symptoms like lethargy or
coughing, although he is underweight. Our vet believes that it was
an undiagnosed congenital defect, and didn't recommend any further
treatment or special care at this time. What is the liklihood of
this truly being something life-threatening? Is the murmur alone a
serious enough problem for us to do more thorough diagnostics? Is
there anything we need to be especially careful about with Riggs?
Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer me!