Heart Murmurs in Dogs

Brian A. Scansen, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology), Colorado State University


August 2015
Peer Reviewed

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Editor's Note: A version of this algorithm was published in the August 2015 issue of Clinician's Brief. It was revised and republished in 2020.

Localizing and characterizing a heart murmur are important steps in determining the underlying cause. Use this algorithm to identify the likely cause of a heart murmur, and the steps required to confirm that diagnosis.

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VSD = ventricular septal defect

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