Skip to content

    Announcements

    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!


    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Includes Expert Content
    aspirin for dog with class 5 heart murmur
    avatar
    manydogz posted:
    Recently someone dumped an old Chihuahua over my fence. I had her to the vet to treat her pneumonia and he told me she has a class 5(out of 6) heart murmur. Can I give her aspirin as a blood thinner so her heart won't have to work so hard? All I've been able to find out about her is that she's 15 yrs. old and she is obviously deaf and blind. I do have to give her benedryl for the constant bubbly nose but other than that she gets around very well and since curing the pneumonia she no longer wheezes.
    Reply
     
    avatar
    AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
    Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
    You are a very caring person to adopt and care for this senior pet, especially with all of her issues.

    Please do not give your dog aspirin without your veterinarian's direct supervision. It can be toxic. There are medications that can assist the heart in working as efficiently as possible as long as possible but they need to be closely monitored and prescribed on a very individual basis. A cardiac workup is best...not just the determination of a murmur. An EKG, chest x-ray, blood pressure monitoring and possibly an ultrasound of the heart may be needed.

    I know this sounds like a major investment in a dog that you didn't even want and it is. You and your veterinarian need to decide together what is best for you and your new dog.

    You may decide to keep her comfortable until such time as the quality of her life no longer is acceptable.

    Best of luck....
     
    avatar
    manydogz replied to Bernadine Cruz, DVM's response:
    So far I've decided to just keep her comfortable as I can't afford all those tests and she is very old. She has a great quality of life and is one of the most intelligent dogs I've ever seen. She follows the vibrations your feet make and that enables her to follow me around. It's amazing what a deaf and blind dog can do. As far as her heart goes, she's self limiting. If she can't make it outside, which she prefers, she'll go to the puppy pad inside. And if she's hungry she'll go sit by the bathroom door as I feed her away from my other five Chihuahua's. Thank you so much for your reply.


    Helpful Tips

    How to Get Your Cat in a CarrierExpert
    Trying to get your cat in a carrier for a trip to the veterinarians or road trip can be extremely frustrating. Some how a 10# cat that ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    19 of 26 found this helpful

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    Learn more about the AVMA

    WebMD Special Sections