Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Ontario, Canada
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I agree with workingk9s. This isn't necessarily the worst news. I don't know how long Baron had the Holter on for exactly, but if for 24 hours it seems Baron was having around 41 vpc's per hour. There ARE other reasons a Doberman might be having vpc's. I know it's scary, but it's not time to panic.
A couple of my stories:
One of my former dogs, Wonder, was having 21 vpc's per hour when he was just under 2 years old. He had another 6 Holters (plus his annual ultrasounds) over the course of the next 6 1/2 years and never had more than 1 vpc per hour in all subesequent Holters. I lost him to lymphoma when he was 8.
My current girl, Rory, had 29 vpc's per hour back in August 2005. All subsequent Holters have been 0 or less than 1 vpc per hour, and she's now just 2 months shy of 12 years old.
For some reason, I've certainly had instances with my dogs where they get a weird, isolated result with a higher number of vpc's than one would usually like, but it didn't turn into anything.
It's good that you Holtered. Just follow up on it as best you can with your vet and cardiologist, but don't get discouraged yet.