How to take a dog's pulse, canines medical facts and pets health tips like beats per minute or heart rates for example.
How to Take a Dog's Pulse
  1. Move your dog to, or get your dog to lie on its side.
  2. Put your hand under the top back leg.
  3. Find the crease that divides the leg from the body.
  4. Put your index and middle fingers alongside the crease, that is where a main artery is located.
  5. Count the pulse beats for a full minute. If you have difficulty you can count for twenty seconds and multiply by three.

Healthy Pulse Rates
 The smaller the dog, the faster its pulse will be. If you believe your dog is in pain, or is ill, and their pulse rate varies significantly from the chart below, bring your pet to a veterinarian for medical assistance.
   *Take the pulse at least two or three times over an hours time, as the first few times your pet may get excited or upset at the unfamiliar handling, and that would change a normal pulse. Do Not wait an hour if it is an emergency. Get them to the vet ASAP.
  *allow at least a 5 to 10 beat variance due to generality of sizing chart
  *obesity and age of pet are both factors in gauging answer

  • Small Dog - from 140 to 160 beats per minute
  • Medium Dog - from 120 to 140 beats per minute
  • Large Dog - from 60 to 80 beats per minute
  Information used with thanks to Etobicoke Veterinary Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, and Arden Moore, author of  "50 Simple Ways to Pamper Your Dog", Published by Storey Books, Vermont (well worth the read!)

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