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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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She's a 15 year old dachshund with a heart condition taking

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She's a 15 year old dachshund with a heart condition taking enalaptil maleate 1/2 tablet with morning meal and 1/2 tablet with evening meal. She is breathing shallow and fainted after drinking water.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dachshund's name?
Customer: Gertie
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Gertie?
Customer: She has an elongated soft palate and she coughs while drinking water. She has fainted before but this time she fainted and wasn't breathing.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Gertie. She's having syncopal episodes which usually indicate advanced heart disease causing arrhythmia (irregular heart rate). Both bradyarrhythmias (slow irregular heart rates) and tachyarrhythmias (fast irregular heart rates) are possible and are treated very differently. Gertie's vet will want to perform an EKG in an attempt to clarify the type of arrhythmia present. I must admit, however, that at Gertie's age she'll be a challenge to normalize without having a pacemaker implanted - not something I would normally entertain at her age but may be offered to you.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.