Many pet owners do not know what is normal for their pets. We know what our pulse should be or what a normal temperature for us, but did you know the following facts?
- Normal breathing rates (not breed/size specific) are 10-30 breaths per minute and up to 200 pants (breathing with mouth open and tongue out) per minute.
- To tell if your dog is dehydrated, pull on on the skin between the shoulder blades. Your dog’s skin should spring right back. If it stays tented, this may be a sign of dehydration.
- To take your dog’s temperature, use a digital thermometer. Lubricate the thermometer with a water-based lubricant or petroleum jelly. Insert the tip into the rectum (just beneath the tail.) When the thermometer beeps, remove it and read the number. Their temperature should read between 99.5-102.5 degrees Farenheit.
- Just like humans, dogs also can have allergic reactions to different things. These reactions may include hives, redness, itching and licking at the site, swelling around the eyes, vomiting, difficulty breathing and collapsing.
So the next time you get worried about your pet, come back to this page and consult the normal ranges for your pet.