The pulse of the dog or cat is increased and the rhythm is faster than usual. The pulse of pets should be strong and steady; however, a slight alteration to its rhythm is perfectly normal. On the other hand, an exceedingly rapid pulse in dogs and cats is often cause for alarm. When pets develop a rapid pulse, it can be a symptom of health problems such as heat stroke, heart disease, anemia and blood loss. Other things that may cause a rapid pulse include anxiety, various infections and dehydration.
Causes of Rapid Pulse
If your pet is afraid or anxious, his/her pulse may quicken. A rapid pulse may also be a sign of dehydration, heat stroke, shock, anemia, blood loss, infection, or heart or lung disease.
Your veterinarian can listen to your pet's heart beat with a stethoscope.
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.