Dog and Puppy First Aid: Cardiac Problems

Please note: Information in this post is not meant as a substitute for veterinary care. Always consult your veterinarian in an emergency.


  1. Collapse, Weakness, Bluish/Grey gum color
  2. Rapid/Slow Heart rate
  3. Coughing
  4. Respiratory distress
  5. Increased Respiratory Rate
  6. Vomiting


  1. Stay Calm and soothe your dog
  2. Call your vet IMMEDIATELY!
  3. Take them to a vet.
  4. Try to limit their movement in the car.
Aly DelaCoeur, UW-AAB
Aly DelaCoeur, UW-AAB is one of the founders of Wag Enabled (originally Why Does My Dog). Aly has a certificate in applied animal behavior through the University of Washington and is a certified veterinary assistant and AKC Evaluator. She aims to provide an unbiased perspective on dog training by providing practical, intelligent, and caring advice for people to impart on their canine companions