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A sudden and momentary loss of consciousness caused by a lack of sufficient blood and oxygen in the brain. Fainting can be caused by heart diseases, heart tumors, emotional distress, drug use, low blood sugar level, or excitement. It is important to consult a veterinarian when your dog or cat faints, as it may be a sign of a serious medical condition and can be life threatening.

How to Recognize

Fainting is a sudden and momentary loss of consciousness. Your pet may fall down if he/she is standing, and should regain consciousness shortly after.

Causes of Fainting

Your pet may faint due to stress, excitement, heart failure, heart disease, heart tumors, hypoglycemia, or another existing condition.


Seek emergency veterinary care immediately. Your veterinarian will take your pet's blood pressure, run several blood tests, and use an Electrocardiogram to look at your pet's heart.

Treatment for Fainting

Treatment varies depending the cause of fainting. Your pet may have fainted as a side effect of an existing medication, so be wary of medications your veterinarian prescribes.

Pet Insurance

When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.

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