Common Cardiac Arrhythmias

Barret Bulmer, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology), Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

ArticleLast Updated May 20121 min readPeer Reviewed

Editor's Note: A version of this algorithm was published in the May 2012 issue of Clinician's Brief. It was revised and republished in 2020.

Use this algorithm to diagnose and manage rhythms associated with normal heart rates (dogs, 70-160 bpm; cats, 140-220 bpm).

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SVT = supraventricular tachycardia, VPC = ventricular premature complex