Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sick Sinus Syndrome


Have you ever heard of it?
That is the diagnosis we got concerning our much loved schnauzer.

 For the past month or so, Raider has been slipping and falling caused by what we thought was due to his advancing years and weak legs. We took him to the veterinarian and it turns out to be Sick Sinus Syndrome, which Schnauzers are predisposed. The sinus node, which is part of the electrical system that signals the heart to beat doesn’t consistently discharge an electrical impulse to trigger the heart to contract, resulting in a long pause between heartbeats. The heart stops beating causing him to pass out until an electrical impulse from another part of the heart triggers a rescue beat preventing complete arrest. He has very low heart rate that remained unchanged even with a shot of atropine confirming, along with an ECG the diagnosis.
The only treatment, as with humans, is a pacemaker, so instead we will hope his condition progresses slowly. I really am surprised as I thought for sure we would have a few more good years ahead with this sweet pup. He will be 13 years old in May.
Some days he doesn't have any episodes and other days, he will have two or three.
Fortunately he has no pain. There are moments he is spry and spunky and other times he seems clingy and uncertain. aww, little buddy, I sure do love you.

11 comments:

Laurie said...

It must be quite scary for him and for you when he has these episodes. I have not heard of this syndrome. I, too, hope you have many more years with Raider.

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

It sure hurts when fur babies are sick. I hope he is able to overcome this.

My Recent Favorite Books said...

My thoughts are with you. He is so sweet!

Ann said...

Aw, poor Raider. What a scary experience for both of you. Thoughts and prayers for him

NanaNor's said...

It is always so upsetting when our for babies are ill. I'll be praying for Raider and all of you!
Hugs, Noreen

Gypsy Heart said...

Bless his heart! It's so difficult when our fur babies are sick. I'm sure he must feel stressed and confused with these episodes. My boy has allergy problems and I feel so bad for him. Raider is absolutely beautiful or maybe I should say handsome! :) I hope he does well.

xo
Pat

Debby Ray said...

It is also my hope that Raider's condition will allow him to have quality of life as long as he possibly can. Our pets are such an important part of our families.

Joy said...

He's such a sweetheart. I just scrolled through and read nearly every post about him. I'll never forget your bravery when he was stung by bees. I hope little Raider can be happy and healthy for more years.

Lee Ann L. said...

He is so cute. I am sorry to hear about his condition. I have never heard of this syndrome. He lived a full live with adventures. May he continue to have more adventures making memories with (and for) you...

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh, poor Raider. I've never heard of this syndrome. I hope he has more good days than bad.

Adrienne said...

I'm catching up with a few posts that seem to have 'slipped' by when I wasn't looking! I'm so sad for you that your sweet pup is dealing with this. I'm sure Raider isn't enjoying these episodes but I know he's happy to be with you. Sending hugs and knowing that you will make the most of every day with him.
~Adrienne~

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