A heart arrhythmia is a problem with the electrical activity of the heart. If a dog’s heart beats too slowly, it may be said to have bradycardia (slower than 60 beats per minute). If the dog’s heart beats too fast, it may have tachycardia (faster than 160 beats per minute).

The most common type of arrhythmia in dogs is atrial fibrillation, which is an irregular heartbeat. When this happens, blood cannot flow through the chambers of the heart properly and can’t be pumped out to the body. This means that there isn’t enough oxygen reaching your pet’s organs and tissues. Other types of arrhythmias include ventricular fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, and premature atrial contractions (PACs).

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Dr. Drake is an award-winning author and well-known cancer specialist in her field. She is best known for her extensive research on canine cancer prevention and nutrition, her dedication to help dogs live a long, happy life, and for teaching veterinary medicine. As the CEO of Canine Companions Co., the Founder of Drake Dog Cancer Foundation and Academy, and the Co-Founder of Preferable Pups, in addition to being a respected figure in the dog world, she has earned the respect of thousands of dog lovers worldwide.