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How To Take Your Dog’s Pulse?

by Albert John February 28, 2018

How To Take Your Dog’s Pulse?

There are many areas on the body of your dog where you can feel its pulse. A pulse happens with every beat of their heart. At times, you can simply put your hands low on the chest of your dog or near the elbow joint, then, you may feel their heart beats. With that, star counting how many beats you can feel within 15 seconds and then multiply it by 4. This will give you your dog’s pulse.


Another place to look for the pulse is on the inner side of the thigh. You’ll be feeling for the artery called the femoral. Put your two fingers on the mid thighs near where the leg links the body. Now, what you can feel is what they call as the “Femoral pulse”. It can be very hard to feel in cats.


It’s always recommended that you utilize your fingers to feel the pulse. Although take note that if you use your thumb and you tend to press too hard, what you actually feel will be your own pulse rather than theirs.


For a dog, the normal pulse ranges from 70 up to 180 beats every minute. Basically, the larger your dog is, the slower their pulse will be. Hence, puppies have a fast pulse, it exceeds up to 220 beats every minute. Usually, cats have a pulse of 120 up to 240 beats every minute.


The dog’s pulse isn’t static at all times. There are times when the rate changes while a dog breathes in and out. The pulse will be slower on expiration and faster on inspiration. This is normal to them which is termed as sinus arrhythmia.

Albert John
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