It’s been a year now since Roxy was diagnosed with a grade four heart murmur. We went in for her dental cleaning back in March and everything was the same but she did the dental cleaning like a champ. This past weekend we went in for her checkup and shots. Which is why Roxy wanted to hop on and update on my dog heart murmur.
She said, “Mommy we got to get on and let the people know the news!”
So read on to hear what she has to say this time around. She’ll appreciate it.
This is Roxy Giving You Update on My Dog Heart Murmur
Hi there, guys! Roxy here now, pawing my way to you. I’ve missed you guys so much. Am sorry I have been around much lately but Mommy and I are both lacking creative ideas lately. We are making our way back and hope you’ll stay around to read us.
Last year when the vet said, Uhm, I am detecting a heart murmur I just ignored her. Like whatever, lady, I am feeling just fine and dandy, don’t you start anything. All you are going to do is get my Mommy worrying – remember my letter to Mommy telling her not to worry?
Ha! See I was right, as I pawsitively always am – I am just fine and dandy.
This last weekend Mommy and Daddy dragged me to the vet, I knew it was coming. I started to shake when we pulled up in the parking lot. Gosh darn it, guys this was supposed to be a fun adventure. I charged my way in, as I always do. Let me at them.
You guys though, the lady vet was great. She sat on the floor with me to look me over. The floor, no metal table for me to shake and shimmer on. Now, that doesn’t mean I didn’t squirm, after all, I don’t like others holding me. Give me back to Mommy!
She listened to my heartbeats, all good there – see told you I am a big strong girl. Then she moved on to listen to my heart and this is where it gets exciting.
She said, wow, I am only hearing a level two heart murmur. Wahooo! Remember when I told you the heart murmur in dogs range from very soft 1 to loud and all over 6? I was a four and now I am 2.
Then she took me back to give my shots and draw a bit of blood. All done, I can go home. YAY!
The lady vet called Mommy a few hours later and said all my blood work came back perfect. No worries or concerns at all. Yay for a clean bill of health. Now when is our next adventure?
Now while Roxy does have a clean bill of health. Her teeth are very dirty and I am doing something new to try and get them clean. While I know she’ll likely need her dental cleaning next March again, I’d like to try and avoid if I can at all.
I’ve tried dental bones in the past but Roxy has always been really picky about eating hard stuff. She’ll do a certain brand and type for a while and then stop.
For the last week or so I’ve been cleaning her teeth with a mix of coconut oil, baking soda, and a dash of Ceylon cinnamon. Mix that well together and start off by using your finger to get those teeth clean. Try to move a regular dog toothbrush if possible. I finally found a regular toothbrush that is tiny enough for Roxy now and it’s working perfectly!
You can start off by doing it just every other day but try and do it every day if possible. After all, their teeth are just like our teeth and need that daily cleaning to keep up on the dirt.
Homemade Toothpaste for Dogs
- Coconut Oil – may have to warm a bit in the microwave to get it to liquid form.
- Baking Soda – just a few shakes should do it but eyeball it yourself to gauge how much you need.
- Ceylon Cinnamon – make sure it’s Ceylon has it has the power behind it than regular cinnamon. Just a shake of that should do too.
Mix those together and use on your pup daily. Get those teeth all shiny.