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I have a 10 yr. chocolate that had a seizure last Thurs.the vet said she was having pvc's and put her on vetmedlin does that sound right? She will see a cardiologist soon

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Seizures always look scary. Let's get you talking to the Veterinarian. What is the dog's name?

Miss Remi

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?

2 yrs. ago she was diagnosed with a bacterial infection that we thought we were going to lose her & then they said they heard a murmur but said nothing else about it. She was hospitalized for a week and came back around with TLC

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Can you please describe what you witnessed that you're describing as a seizure? When heart disease is present syncope ("fainting") is more likely than seizure and the two can be confused. Syncope describes a sudden loss of consciousness and muscle tone, usually without motor activity (“thrashing about”) and without postictal (post-seizure) signs such as disorientation, ataxia (“drunken sailor”) and sleep; in other words, a fast and complete recovery is expected. Syncopal events last less than a minute (otherwise fatal), whereas seizures may last several minutes. Clues of a cardiac problem – heart murmur, arrhythmia (irregular heart rate) – may be present in syncopal dogs.

Here is a review of PVC for you: http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/cardiovascular/c_dg_premature_ventricular The underlying cause of PVCs needs to be determined. Not all will benefit from pimobendan (Vetmedin) and some will be harmed by it.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I called her she came running, fell over did a flip & laid there ( I had time 2 make a call 2 ask for help ) I put her leash on her & we walked a 1/2 mile back 2 the car like nothing was wrong. Took her 2 our vet, did x-rays & EKG, showed me results pvc's & called me next morning said she is in the early stages of CHF, with some fluid around her lungs??? is the reason 4 her cough & gagging also she had a tooth pulled a month ago & that's when the cough started & she started regurgitateing her food ( doesn't do it when I hand feed her?) I'm scared 2 give her the heart med ( I read the side affects & reviews! That's the reason I contacted u 4 a 2nd opinion
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Thank you. I suspect that that was syncopal episode rather than a seizure. Yes, coughing is a hallmark of CHF and pimobendan is one of a triumverate of drugs prescribed to address CHF, the other ones being an ACE inhibitor such as enalpril or benazepril and a diuretic such as furosemide. I wouldn't hesitate giving her the pimobendan at this time. The cardiologist will fine tune Miss Remi's therapy. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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