Hi Gary. I am glad you wish to continue the conversation.
In order to answer your question concerning whether this is treatable or not, we would have to first distinguish whether this is truly a syncope episode (collapse) or if this could be a kind of seizure event. This can truly only be done by your veterinarian observing your pet. This classification has to be correct because they can look similar. If the episodes that you are seeing are in fact seizures, then the treatment options would be completely different, although still mostly treatable.
However, if these are truly syncope (collapse) episodes, then I will be honest with you work-up for cardiac conditions can be costly, however a lot of heart conditions are treatable.
Some of the more common reasons for syncope are 1) Pulmonary hypertension, 2) Intermittent or sustained arrhythmias 3) CHF (congestive heart failure), 4)Severe structural heart disease. There are medications that can be prescribed to help with all of these conditions mentioned.
So with all that said, I can understand your hesitations to have testing done only to arrive at a diagnosis with no available treatment options. However, I am inclined to think that would not be the case here.
Are there lots of expensive testing to be done to arrive at a diagnosis and good treatment protocol for your Brittany? The answer is yes.
Can most of the possibilities be treated and managed with medications, but not cured? The answer is again, yes.
- Dr. H