UPDATE JUNE 27 2022: Because a significant/loud heart murmur was detected at precious 8 year old Dudley’s intake vetting, he met with our cardiologist for a full cardiac evaluation and echocardiogram 🩺 Like so many adult Cavaliers, Dudley’s heart murmur is due to mitral valve disease (MVD) which is a common cavalier congenital issue where the mitral valve is faulty and insufficient and can lead to heart enlargement and poor function. An echocardiogram is the only way to understand the extent of disease and to determine if heart medications are warranted.
We are so happy to share that despite having quite a loud murmur (4-5/6), Dudley had a good echocardiogram ❤️ He of course has MVD, but his parameters are close to normal meaning that his cardiac structure has not changed much at all as a result of the mitral valve insufficiency. This is wonderful news 💜
This is another great example of when the loudness of a murmur is not indicative of the severity of the heart disease and why echocardiograms are necessary. Dudley does not need to start any heart medications at this time but he will need to remain under the care of a cardiologist so that his mitral valve disease can be best monitored and managed.
Dudley, who is being fostered in Harvest, Alabama, is now all recovered from his recent neuter and dental and has finished treatment for his urinary tract infection. We just sent off another urine sample for testing to be sure the infection has completely cleared and are awaiting those results. We will be sure to continue to keep you posted on sweet Dudley’s progress 💕
UPDATE JULY 13 2022: Cute, precious, adorable Dudley in Harvest, Alabama had a wonderful vet recheck yesterday! 💕When he arrived into our care, he had a very long list of needs that we have been chipping away at, and we are so pleased to share that that long list has now been reduced to ONE item 🙌🏼
Little 13 pound, 7 year old Dudley has received medical clearance except for some lingering bacteria and yeast in his ears which we can treat more effectively now that those pesky ear mites are gone. He just started treatment and we will recheck them in a couple weeks to ensure they’re clear. In the meantime, he continues to steal hearts 😍