Dog irregular heart beat

Discussion in 'Open Discussions' started by Naomi, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. Naomi

    Naomi Well-known Member

    Hi All,

    Long time no post!

    Just curious to hear from stocky vets etc. I was playing with my OH's stethoscope the other day and naturally my long suffering puppy Connie was the object of my curiousity. Anyway I stumbled across what appears to be a regular, irregular heart beat. None of the vets have ever commented on it when she has had her check ups, infact they've always said her heart is "nice and strong" but it's definitely irregular. Is this a big deal? I know it's far from ideal but lets face it, I knew I wasn't getting a beautifully bred show dog when I decided to give my fugly little pound puppy a home =). I guess it's just one of those things that may or may not affect her?

  2. Sharaway

    Sharaway Guest

    If you came near me with a stethoscope my heart would skip a beat to.

    Your so not qualified to use one lol
  3. lisaann

    lisaann Well-known Member

    What type of dog is it? I know some dogs are more prone to this than others.
    And im not qualified to say about dogs (only people) but for some people they can have an irregular heart beat which may not affect them (might just be a stiffer valve or something) or it could be more serious and cause trouble later on. Maybe take him/her to the vet, although without surgery i dont think theres much to be done.. (but again talking from human perspective)

    Also if you have a listen to what part of the HB is irregular you can figure out if its systole/ distole or valves closing/ opening which will give u more of a clue as too what the problem is.
  4. Gamby

    Gamby Well-known Member

    We have it drilled into us at uni....normal variants. Not one things is exactly the same so what is normal for your dog might not be for another. I would say if its regular irregular and she is not showing any clinical signs of heart problems then its not an issue.
  5. Naomi

    Naomi Well-known Member

    Connie is a jack russell x your best guess. We think Daschund?

    I think the vets may have noticed but as they knew I had just put down 3 animals when Connie was being checked out, they may not have wanted to worry me with an irregular heartbeat if it was strong and clear. I'll get it checked out next time we go to the vets, knowing Connie that won't be long, she'll swallow a tree or something =)

    And as Sharaway said, i'm by no means qualified but Connie doesn't mind being my guinea pig, she just has a sniff and enjoys the attention. Gotta love dating a paramedic, he has so many toys to teach me about!! Don't worry I don't play with the needles!
  6. Anna E

    Anna E Guest

    What kind of irregular??
    Many fit dogs have a "sinus arrthymia" which is an - um - regularly irregular heartbeat LOL! Basically the heart goes faster when the dog breathes in and slower as it breathes out. To untutored ears that can sound irregular.
  7. Naomi

    Naomi Well-known Member

    Hi Anna, sorry about the late reply, MASSIVE week. I've not got a stethoscope available but i've tried to take my pup's pulse and answer your question but she fidgets, sneezes and gets suspicious of me LOL. I don't think it's related to breathing but the beats go like this...SLOW, FAST FAST FAST, SLOW, FAST FAST FAST. If that makes sense. =) Other than that she's very happy, healthy and active. I think it's just a congential thing that will hopefully not affect her. I hope.
  8. Erin

    Erin Well-known Member

    Sounds like it is sinus arythmia (SP?) to me!

    Can sound like an irregular beating but if you listen for a bit it still sort of makes a regular pattern, with their breathing too...

    Next time at your vets ask them about it and they should confirm it. Heat murmours and stuff usually are identified by a more of a 'woosh woosh' when their heart beats.. really heard to hear and identify sometimes!! lol
  9. citygirl

    citygirl Gold Member

    My girl has an irregular heart beat, that was picked up by a vet, after she had a "fit" and we rushed her the closes one at the age of 3/4. No other Vet had picked it up EVER before hand #(

    So now when ever she goes to the Vets for any reason, I tell them.

    All the best with your little doggy

  10. Naomi

    Naomi Well-known Member

    Thanks guys, appreciate the info.
  11. Raw Prawn

    Raw Prawn Well-known Member

    Its most likely that the dog didnt have the arrhythmia when another vet had examined the dog. Arrhythmias can start quite suddenly and for trained ears are usually pretty easy to detect, unlike some murmurs which can be much harder.

    I examined a dog two weeks ago for a routine check up, normal heart, perfectly healthy dog, it had a lump and we booked the dog in for surgery. Two weeks later, dog comes in for surgery and at the pre-surgery examination he had a severe arrhythmia, a heart rate of over 200 (40kg dog) and is now off to be examined by medicine/cardiology specialists.

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