Two years ago, Diane Hechtman of Scottsdale was suffering from dizziness and her doctor determined that she had an irregular heartbeat. As part of treatment, she received a pacemaker.

Shortly after her minor surgery, with her heart scare behind her, Diane and her husband Dan added a new member to their family—Kissy, a seven-year-old miniature schnauzer. However, during daily walks, Kissy sometimes experienced fainting episodes that alarmed the Hechtmans.

“She was having what we refer to as syncopal episodes or fainting episodes,” explained VETMED Cardiologist, Dr. Matt Miller. “I’ve had some of these dogs that have fainted 25 to 30 times a day.”

These symptoms were all too familiar to Diane, who had experienced the same ones just two years ago. “I know how she was feeling, because I felt the same way she did,” she said. “Passing out, feeling horrible.”

After thorough review, Dr. Miller gave Kissy the same diagnosis and recommended the same treatment that Diane had received. Kissy got a pacemaker—coincidentally, the very same model that monitor’s Diane’s heart, from German medical-device manufacturer Biotronik.

Dr. Miller says that Kissy is on her way to a full recovery, and that her heart condition is not uncommon in miniature schnauzers. In his 26 years of practice, he’s implanted hundreds of pacemakers in dogs, cats, and even horses.

Signs of heart problems in pets

Know the symptoms of heart problems in your pets.


If your pet is experiencing any of these symptoms, please give VETMED a call and schedule an appointment. Call: (602) 697-4694