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I HAVE A 12 YEAR OLD YORKIE PEEKAPOO WITH CFC WHEN SHE GETS

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I HAVE A 12 YEAR OLD YORKIE PEEKAPOO WITH CFC WHEN SHE GETS EXCITED SHE HAS SYNCOPE WHEN SHE COMES OUT EVERYTHING IS OK SOMETIMES EXTREMELY CALM NOW SHE HAD A EPISODE WHY SHE WAS ASLEEP CAN THIS KILL HER IF I AM NOT AROUND TO BRING HER OUT OF IT. SHE IS TAKEN VETMEDIN LASIX AND ENALAPIRL.
I HAVE BEEN TOLD SHE IS NOT IN PAIN AND I REALLY WANT TO KEEP HER AROUND AS LONG AS POSSIBLE I HAVE HAD HER SINCE SHE WAS 5 WEEKS OLD. I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG SHE HAS LEFT BUT SHE SOMETIMES ACTS LIKE SHE IS TWO SO SAD.
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your elderly Yorkie. Did you mean to type CHF (congestive heart failure) rather than CFC? There are quite a few possible etiologies for syncopy but most often I'll find an arrhythmia - irregular heart rate. Her Vetmedin, Lasix, and enalapril are the standard of care for CHF but an EKG should be performed looking for an arrhythmia and if found an antiarrhythmic drug considered in addition to her other three drugs. To answer you directly, yes, dogs can be lost during a syncopal episode. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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