Batmom Posted June 23, 2016 Share Posted June 23, 2016 Sunday my healthy, robust, never sick, 7yo greyhound Star was panting when it didn't seem like she should have been. After a little internal debate, I took her to the emergency vet, expecting to spend $400 or so learning I had a healthy dog with maybe a gas bubble in her guts. Instead I learned my dog was in sustained ventricular tachycardia. She spent the night in the emergency hospital while the amazing staff there did all the right things to try to get her heart back in normal rhythm and find a cause. When they failed (no fault of theirs) on both counts, I took her to the UW-Madison vet hospital. They continued treatment and diagnostics through Monday. By Monday evening, her heart had finally converted to more normal rhythm than not, and they were able to switch her over to oral medication. She stayed stable enough that I was able to bring her home Tuesday afternoon. They couldn't find a cause either. A few test results are still pending but they are mostly longshot things; no clues to speak of in her bloodwork, imaging, or other tests. Assuming the best, we'll go back to the university for a cardiology recheck next week. I guess the moral of my story so far is, if something doesn't seem right, it might not be, and it is not a bad thing to spend some $ checking on that. It doesn't matter whether other people think you are being a nervous Nellie. It doesn't matter if the e-vet people end up sniggering when you walk out the door with a happy, bouncing dog. You can probably imagine how much happier I'd've been to hear "gas bubble" and some sniggers instead. I don't know what would have happened if I could not have afforded hospitalization. I imagine they would have sent us on our way with oral meds. But I don't know. I will update if we ever learn anything new, good or bad. Meanwhile, hug your dogs. They are good dogs, and they are never here long enough. Quote Star aka Starz Ovation (Ronco x Oneco Maggie*, litter #48538), Coco aka Low Key (Kiowa Mon Manny x Party Hardy, litter # 59881), and mom in IllinoisWe miss Reko Batman (Trouper Zeke x Marque Louisiana), 11/15/95-6/29/06, Rocco the thistledown whippet, 04/29/93-10/14/08, Reko Zema (Mo Kick x Reko Princess), 8/16/98-4/18/10, the most beautiful girl in the whole USA, my good egg Joseph aka Won by a Nose (Oneco Cufflink x Buy Back), 09/22/2003-03/01/2013, and our gentle sweet Gidget (Digitizer, Dodgem by Design x Sobe Mulberry), 1/29/2006-11/22/2014, gone much too soon. Never forgetting CJC's Buckshot, 1/2/07-10/25/10. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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