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How To Take Your Dog's Pulse

A dog’s pulse can reveal important information about a dog’s health and well-being. Thus, every pet parents should know where and how to take a dog’s pulse. 

A dog’s pulse occurs simultaneously with their heartbeat. It can be felt in specific parts of the body. It  When getting your pet’s pulse, use your fingers instead of your thumb to avoid pressing down too hard because you may actually end up feeling your own pulse instead of the dog’s. Two of the most common ways to get a dog’s pulse is by placing a hand on the animal’s chest, near its elbow joint; or on the upper part of the dog’s thigh (inner side) where the femoral artery is located. The second method (femoral pulse) can be difficult in cats.

For easier calculation of a dog’s pulse rate per minute, count the number of beats for 15 seconds and multiply the number by 4. In dogs, the normal pulse rate is 70-180 beats/minute. Take note that, larger dogs usually have slower heartbeats than puppies. Your best pet clinic Hyattsville, MD can also show you how to take your dog’s pulse properly.

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