Cardiac Emergencies

Animal Emergency Care information

The Signs:

Collapse, weakness, bluish or gray gum color, rapid/slow heart rate, increased respiratory rate or respiratory distress

Take Action:

Call a veterinarian immediately if you notice any of these signs.

Cardiac emergencies are most often life threatening. Limit your pet’s activity and carry them if possible, to the car for transport to your veterinarian or to the nearest emergency animal hospital. If your pet stops breathing or loses consciousness, you may begin to perform CPR as discussed later in this booklet.

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