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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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My 6 year old Boxer has been diagnosed with possibly

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My 6 year old Boxer bitch has been diagnosed with possibly cyctitis and was given antibiotics yesterday. She has just gone to get off the sofa but fallen/fainted. She then just laid still on the floor but then started to way her tail but seemed disorientated and took a while to stand. Could this be due to the cyctitis or antibiotics or should I be worried that it is something much worse
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

Something else is going on with Maisie. This sounds like a syncopal ("fainting") episode often associated with arrhythmia (irregular heart rate) of advanced heart disease. Boxers are at risk for cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease). Please let Maisie's vet know what you witnessed. I suspect that X-rays of Maisie's heart and lungs, an ECG, and perhaps echocardiogram (ultrasound of her heart) will be recommended. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
The vet checked her over and listened to her heart yesterday. Would it not be picked up then?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

Not necessarily. Arrhythmias come and go. I might have to have my patient wear a 24-hour halter to be able to pick up the arrhythmia. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Are there certain times that these are more likely to occur as she had just woken up? Also if this is the case what would the treatment be likely to be?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 5 months ago.

Activity might incite an arrhythmia - anything that increases the heart rate ("stresses" the heart). Treatment would be predicated upon the findings in the tests I mentioned. Bradyarrhythmias (slow irregular heart rates) often require pacemakers. Tachyarrhythmias (fast irregular heart rates) can be addressed medically.

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