Submitted by Shannon McCallion, RVT & SAVT Financial Officer Typically, at this time of the…
I saw a post a while ago of a Veterinarian using an apple watch to quickly check a dog’s heart rate and figured I’d give it a try with my Fitbit versa and Brogan. It worked amazing, but I wasn’t willing to give him my Fitbit and versa…however I did have an old charge HR that was just sitting in a drawer. I charged it and put it on him…and it works
Now I’m going to leave it to him and hope it does a decent job of monitoring what his heart is doing. We did a Holter monitor on him a while ago but didn’t really find out a whole lot from it, probably because that was only for 48hours, and I don’t think he was very comfortable wearing it. This doesn’t seem to affect him at all. And it’s mine, so it doesn’t cost me anything for him to wear it or check it.
So what brought this on you might wonder…
He has had more dizzy moments in the past month and I am a little concerned that his condition is getting worse. I managed to catch him before he collapsed 2 weeks ago and his heart was racing so fast I couldn’t count it. For those of you that are new to Brogan’s ongoing heart mystery, the racing heart (tachycardia) was what got our initial diagnosis. He was put on a beta-blocker to help control that. However, it was very obvious that it was happening again. I talked to my Veterinarian the next day and we decided we would try increasing the dose of his beta blocker to see if that would help him out or not. He is now 1 full week into his increased dosage and seems to be doing okay. So now we will go back to more activities and see how he handles them.
I sure hope the Fitbit works well enough that we can get a good baseline heart rate for him, and also see what happens when he is excited or when we are going for a walk.
Actually, I kinda hope we don’t see any episodes and the Fitbit doesn’t need to do anything.
From the blog of Karen Laventure, RVT https://commonscentsliving.blog/