What causes canine syncope?

Table of contents:

  1. What causes canine syncope?
  2. How is heart related syncope in dogs treated?
  3. What do you do if your dog has syncope?
  4. What can I give my dog to stop a seizure?

What causes canine syncope?

The most common cause of syncope is a temporary interruption in the brain blood supply leading to impairment in oxygen and nutrient delivery to brain. Another important cause of syncope in dogs is heart disease leading to interruption in the blood supply to the brain.

How is heart related syncope in dogs treated?

Exertion/excitement-related syncope in elderly small-breed dogs with loud mitral murmurs may be a warning of impending congestive heart failure. Potentially beneficial treatment includes furosemide, pimobendan, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, and perhaps spironolactone.

What do you do if your dog has syncope?

What to do if your dog faints:

  • Put your hands over the heart and see if you can feel a heartbeat. Try to tell if the heart rate is very, very slow or extremely rapid. ...
  • Try to videotape the episode quickly. ...
  • Seek immediate veterinary attention.

What can I give my dog to stop a seizure?

Drugs such as potassium bromide or phenobarbital can help control seizures. As always, ask your veterinarian for recommendations for your dog's specific problem. Alternative therapies are sometimes helpful. Some owners report a drop in dog seizure activity after using acupuncture but, again, check with your vet first.