Rapid Pulse

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.

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.

Rapid Pulse Affects

  • Dogs
  • Cats

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