RESPIRATORY PATTERNS OF DOGS VARY DEPENDING ON THEIR AGE AND SIZE.
Normally, the heart rate of small dogs and puppies are faster than that of larger and adult dogs even when at rest. Puppies at rest may have a pulse rate of 160 to 200 beats per minute upon birth and may increase to 220 beats per minute after two weeks. Then they would normally experience up to 180 beats per minute during their first year of age.
For large adult dogs, their heart rate at rest is usually at 60 to 100 beats per minute, but small adult dogs normally experience 100 to 140 beats per minute.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF MY DOG’S HEART RATE SUDDENLY CHANGES?
If you notice that your dog’s heart rate had unusually changed at rest, they may possibly be experiencing a health problem. When this happens, it is best to take your pet to the vet to get checked out.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY DOG IS NOT BREATHING NORMALLY?
Here are some indications that your dog is not breathing normally:
1. There is an unusual noise in your dog’s breathing.
2. There is a change in your dog’s barking sound.
3. Your dog is exhibiting signs of asthma or airway allergies.
4. Your dog exhibits sudden or frequent sneezing.
5. Your dog exerts unusual and stronger effort when inhaling and/or exhaling.
6. Your dog stands with its elbows held out further than normal.
7. Your dog extends its neck further than normal.
IS THERE A WAY FOR ME TO MEASURE MY DOG’S HEART RATE?
It’s easy to count a dog’s normal breathing rate, which is best done while they sleep as that should be when they are most relaxed. This is also the best time to check their heart rate, too, as a calm dog generally has a regular steady beat. As most dogs spend a lot of the day resting, picking the best moment shouldn’t be too hard.
You can measure your dog’s heart rate on your own. To do this, you need a stopwatch or a clock with a timer. Look for a spot for you to feel your dog’s heartbeat. The best spot would be on your dog’s left side behind its front leg.
Once you find the spot, count the beats that you feel in a span of 15 seconds. Then, multiply the beats by four. The result will show your dog’s heartbeat per minute. You must do this twice or even several times to make sure that your measurement is the most accurate as it can get.
Compare your dog’s heartbeat measurement to the standard scale (mentioned at the beginning of this article) according to its size and other related factors.
It is wise to know and remember these details as a pet parent as these will help you take better care of your dog and allow them to live longer.
It is a good practice to check on your dog’s vitals regularly, but when you feel that something is wrong, it is still best to consult your veterinarian.