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Cardiac Arrhythmias

General Information

Cardiac arrhythmias are disturbances in the rate or rhythm of the heart beat. There are many types of arrhythmias and their consequences vary from mild to life-threatening. The reasons for most arrhythmias are unknown.

Your pet's arrhythmia is called : __________________________________

Important Points in Treatment

1. Drugs used in controlling arrhythmias must be given on schedule. Please call the doctor if you cannot give the medication as directed or don't know when to administer the drugs.

2. Repeated cardiac examinations, including electrocardiograms and radiographs (x-rays), are often necessary to evaluate your pet's response to treatment. Treatment may be necessary for the rest of your pet's life.

3. Diet: Follow the instructions checked.

____Feed the normal diet.

____Feed Prescription Diet h/d.

____Other:

4. Activity: Exercise restriction depends on the severity of the arrhythmia. Follow the instructions checked.

____Allow normal activity.

____Restrict your pet's activities as follows:___________________________

Notify the Doctor if Any of the Following Occur:

* Your pet's condition worsens.

* Your pet has a seizure or convulsion.

* Your pet becomes lethargic.

* Your pet vomits or has diarrhea.

* Your pet refuses to eat.

* Your pet's general health changes.