Cardiac Emergency in Pets

September 1st, 2015

Signs of a Cardiac Emergency

Some of the clinical signs of a cardiac emergency include collapse, weakness, exercise intolerance, bluish or gray gum color, and rapid/slow heart rate.

Action

If your pet starts to show signs of a cardiac emergency, seek veterinary care immediately, as such emergencies are often life threatening. Limit your pet’s activity; carry them if possible. If your pet stops breathing or loses consciousness, perform CPR (see CPR in Lifesaving Techniques).

Dealing with a pet emergency can be frightening. Knowing the signs of common pet emergencies and what you can do to alleviate your pet’s pain is an important safety precaution to take. Of course, whenever your pet is showing serious signs of a health issue your first step is to contact your primary care veterinarian or an emergency veterinary hospital. If it is indicated that your pet may suffer from a serious condition, a veterinary specialist or emergency clinician is available at an ExpertVet certified hospital.