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.