If you notice any of the symptoms of heart attack in your pooch, don’t panic. Your dog feels your emotions, and they know something is wrong. This anxiety furthers the onset of the symptoms and accelerates the progression of the condition.
Wrap them in a blanket, speak to them softly, and then rush off to the vet. Don’t attempt CPR on your dog. Dogs’ lungs are smaller than humans, and you may end up injuring your pooch further. Pets in pain can become aggressive as a means of self-defense. Keep your children away from the dog and don’t let them come to the vet.
Try to recall the behavior of your dog surrounding the few hours before you noticed the symptoms first occur. Conditions such as bloating can also lead to cardiac arrest. Bloating comes from overeating or eating food too fast.
The vet will listen to your dog’s heart for any signs of abnormal pulse or murmurs, as well as arrhythmia (erratic beating). The vet may use an EKG to determine the heart function of your dog, as well as a complete blood cell count to look for signs of infection.
If your dog pulls out of the heart attack, you’ll be able to take them home in most cases. An EKG monitor strapped to their chest helps your vet monitor their condition over the weeks ahead. A chest x-ray helps the vet determine any blockages in the arteries.