However, now we have to go for an ultrasound of the heart. Why we didn't just do the ultrasound first I do no know!
Because Zig fell/fainted twice and had white/grey gums and lips, the vet feels there is definitely some sort of blood circulation problem, even though the ECG was normal. It could be something called aortic something-or-other that some Boxers have and the best thing is that nothing can be done for it! Yay! Or it could be something else altogether.
What sucks is that the ultrasound machine where I live isn't as good as the ones down south and this one doesn't show the blood in colour. If we had the colour ultrasound, apparently it would be easier to find out what is wrong.
Are they thinking cardiomyapathy? I have heard fainting is a big syptom of that, but you would figure the ECG would show it. It was done by a cardiologist and not a regular vet right? Has the 24 hour Holter monitor been mentioned?
I am glad they haven't found anything major wrong with your baby thus far.
Boxerbabe. I was just wondering if you have ever heard of the dog sedative Acepromazine? I just wanted to warn you that Boxer dogs are very sensitive to it. A few years ago my Boxer had to go in for an Operation and the pre- med they use at my vets is Ace. It was only that i had read about it that i knew it should not be given to boxers that i questioned it. I requested that they use something else and they did. But if i hadn't questioned it they would have used Ace because apparently it is cheaper. I thought you should just be aware having a Boxer yourself. Look it up on google. Karen
Wait... with the ECG do they record it at all, so maybe it could be sent to a cardiologist for further interpretation? I just say that, because I went to a OFA clinic and their was an actual cardiologist that tested. A lady ahead of me had I believe 3 King Charles Spaniels w/ terrible heart issues. He recommended the ECG be done by an actual cardiologist (maybe self promoting...who knows, seemed busy like he didn't need extra work). He said that a normal vet cannot always interpret the results like an actual cardiologist can.... thats all I know.
***Edited By: alicat1 on 12/8/2005 6:01:12 PM*** Reason: add
Hmmmm.....the vet had a looooong print out with the little heart beat waves on it.
I forgot to mention that she said when she listened to the right side, there was a clear thumping of the heart but the left side may have a slight sloosh sound which could indicate a valve problem....but she said it was very slight and a lot of Boxers' hearts sound like that and it doesn't necessarily mean anything is wrong.