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11-14-2016 02:25 PM
Steve Willey My 9 month Shepard has this. My vet heard it when I had her in for something else. I took her to the cardiologist he had her wear a holter monitor for 48 hrs. She's on meds now.
11-14-2016 07:56 AM
gsdsar This is not common. An arrhythmia would be heard, an ECG done then a holter to confirm.

I don't believe we "pace" for this. But I can check.

Pacemakers run about 5-6 dollars.

I just personally learned of this while asking about another board members dog. It's not something that I have ever seen.

Joey and Chandler, lots of dogs have irregular heart rythyms. The heart speeds up and slows down, usually in conjunction with their respiratory rate. It's called a sinus arrhythmia. And it is normal in dogs. This syndrome is totally different and would sound totally different.
11-14-2016 04:03 AM
Joey-and-chandler How do you find this out, is it this common? My dogs have irregular heartbeats too but everytime at the vets they check and say its normal? Is it a different thing.
11-14-2016 12:20 AM
Steve Willey
Sudden death syndrome

My 9 month old Shepard has this too. I found out about a month ago.
11-14-2016 12:15 AM
Steve Willey I just found out my 9 month old Shepard has this too. How is your Shepard doing I know this is a old thread.
10-11-2016 11:51 AM
Jillian Johnson
Please Help

Hello,


Is there anyone I can talk to about Inherited Ventricular Arrhythmia's in GSD's? My Louie is 5 months old and was diagnosed with this condition. We have immediately started him on two different heart medications. I'm so scared for him.


Please, can anyone who has been though this before provide some experience? Do the meds help?


Thanks so much in advance.
05-20-2014 08:31 AM
Anubis_Star
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Originally Posted by Sashapath View Post
Actually, I did read somewhere on the internet (because clearly everything you read on the internet is true ) that pace makers can be put into dogs for this sort of problem. However, I could not imagine how much that would cost--although, I'm sure that if I had the money to do it, I would--after all no material thing can make you happier than your pup!
I dont feel like pacemakers are THAT terribly expensive. I would imagine 1000-2000$ dollars.
05-19-2014 07:29 PM
Sashapath Actually, I did read somewhere on the internet (because clearly everything you read on the internet is true ) that pace makers can be put into dogs for this sort of problem. However, I could not imagine how much that would cost--although, I'm sure that if I had the money to do it, I would--after all no material thing can make you happier than your pup!
05-16-2014 12:21 AM
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Might be a stupid question. But I'm curious.
I work in the human cardiac cath lab. In the lab, I'd a person goes into these arrhythmias
VT or V-Fib we put in a special device called an ICD. Intra cardiac defibrillator. Almost like a pacemaker, however the device will pick up this irregular and deadly rhythm and deliver a shock to the heart and shock the heart out of the rhythm.

Do they have these for dogs? One of the reps of a pacemaker company actual has a dog with a pacemaker.
I wonder if they have ever tried these on dogs. They do work and even though it could be slightly painful when the shock is delivered,
It has saved many peoples lives.
Just curious.
I will ask the cardiologists about this when I see them monday. As far as I know, no. Just pacemakers. However if there is paint with the device it may not be feasible in dogs. Humans understand the pain means their hearts are being corrected. Dogs would have no understanding, and I couldn't imagine the stress that could cause to most dogs

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05-15-2014 02:30 PM
DTS Might be a stupid question. But I'm curious.
I work in the human cardiac cath lab. In the lab, I'd a person goes into these arrhythmias
VT or V-Fib we put in a special device called an ICD. Intra cardiac defibrillator. Almost like a pacemaker, however the device will pick up this irregular and deadly rhythm and deliver a shock to the heart and shock the heart out of the rhythm.

Do they have these for dogs? One of the reps of a pacemaker company actual has a dog with a pacemaker.
I wonder if they have ever tried these on dogs. They do work and even though it could be slightly painful when the shock is delivered,
It has saved many peoples lives.
Just curious.
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