Originally Posted by runnershigh108
My 1.5 y/o female was diagnosed with subaortic stenosis at about 6 months. She is on Atenolol for life. The vet says most dogs with this only live to about 3 y/o. I have not noticed any signs (fainting, seizures or anything like that yet).
Gem is very active and has a high drive. She loves fetch, frisbee, tug, find it...just about everything and anything. Im not planning on slowing her down. I just want to provide her the best life possible if she has to leave this world early.
Is there any other GSD owners out there that are dealing with this condition as well and what are your thoughts of activity level?
I'm so sorry to hear this!!!
I've posted about my girl Too, a WGSD, before. She was diagnosed with SAS as a young pup and I was told she would never live to celebrate her 2nd birthday, she'd probably live until she was around 18 months old before it took her. She was an active dog, having only two speeds FASTER and FASTEST!!! My friend who gave her to me, her breeder and I all agreed that I'd let Too be herself, no restrictions, just let her enjoy whatever time she had on this earth, and let God worry about how long she lived.
She fooled the specialists and had a grand 2nd birthday celebration. We celebrated her 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th (she caught and killed a neighbor's trespassing chicken on this birthday), and 12th birthdays ... she had slowed down a little over the years, could keep three fence fights going at the same time racing around in a triangle to agitate my neighbors dogs who lived on all three sides of my house. Yes, she keeled over in the yard a few times/white gums/etc. which always scared me to death. She developed several old age problems like arthritis and vestibular syndrome, but she kept chugging along.
On June 13, 2003, when she was 12-1/2 years old she had a seizure and died while we were at the vet's office getting her Adequan injection. Since it was so sudden, I had a necropsy performed. Did her heart kill her? NOPE ... she was on Deramaxx which caused massive internal bleeding, large blood clots had formed on all her internal organs, she had a seizure and died.
Enjoy your dog, make sure she takes her meds, and appreciate each and every day you spend with her ... and just keep in mind ... sometimes miracles happen, the vets are wrong and every so often a dog with a death sentence hanging over her head can live well into her senior years.
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR GIRL!!!
Too ... MANSHA'S I'LL BE SIRUS TOO, TT, CGC
December 22, 1990 - June 13, 2003