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Ask Dr. Aziza: How to Check Your Dog’s Vitals

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Ask Dr. Aziza: How to Check Your Dog’s Vitals

Ask Dr. Aziza: How to Check Your Dog’s Vitals

It’s important to check your dog’s vital signs regularly to make sure they’re healthy. Here’s how to do a brief health check on your pup:

Heart Rate

  • Place your hand or a stethoscope on your dog’s chest, just behind their left elbow.
  • Count the number of times your dog’s heart beats in 15 seconds, then multiply that number by 4.
  • A resting heart rate for a healthy dog should be between 60 to 140 beats per minute.

Respiration Rate

  • Place your hand or a stethoscope in front of your dog’s nose and count the number of breaths they take in 15 seconds.
  • Multiply that number by 4.
  • A healthy dog should have a resting respiration rate of 10-30 breaths per minute.

Temperature

  • Use a digital or ear thermometer to take your dog’s temperature.
  • A normal temperature for a healthy dog is between 99.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you notice any changes in your dog’s vitals that concern you, be sure to contact your veterinarian. If you’re not sure, it never hurts to get your pup checked out. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

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