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Q. How do I take my dog's pulse?

Answered By
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM

A. You can achieve this by placing your two forefingers on the inside of your pets back leg in the groin/thigh area. You should be able to feel a pulse. You may have to move around until you find it. Then count each pulse for 15 seconds. Normal heartrates are as follows:
1) Toy breeds - up to ~100-180 beats/min
2) Medium breeds- 70-160 beats/min
3) Large breeds - 60-140 beats/min

Answered By
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA

A. The heart beat can be felt behind the elbow on left, approximately quarter way up chest wall or pluses can be felt at back of feet, half way between toes and wrist/ankle joints


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