Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Vital Stats

Hey pups! I thought I would do a bit more of an informative post today, seeing as I have not done one in a while. This one is about vital statistics, such as gum colour, temperature or heart rate.

Recording your pup's temperature or resting heart beat is important,as you can have something to refer back to if you suspect that there is something fishy going on like ingesting something we shouldn't or a heart condition. Cats can sometimes get away from car accidents, seemingly unharmed but the give-away will be a disturbed heart beat or breathing pattern (another sign can be scraped claws). If you have worries about taking stats off your dog or are not sure how to ask your vet for a lesson.


The average for a dog is 38.6 to 39.3 degrees Celsius but this can vary from size of dog so it can be from 36.7 to 39.3 or 39.4 degrees. However, if it is over 40 or below 36.7 call a vet FAST! A doggie thermometer can be either a rectal,, oral or ear one. When using the later make sure to insert it deep into the ear and a reading from an ear thermometer should vary between 37.8 to 39.4.

Heart Rate

A normal  resting heart beat can waver between anything from 60 bpm (beats per minute) to 120 bpm. To find your dog's pulse you can check on the chest, the elbow joint or high on the inner side of the thigh. Use to fingers and count how many beats there are in 15 seconds and multiply that umber by four to get bpm.

Small breeds: 90 bpm to 120 bpm
Medium breeds: 70 bpm to 110 bpm
Large Breeds: 60 bpm to 90 bpm

Gum Check

Gum colour is another great indicator of your dog's well-being as it gives clues about oxygen levels and circulations. The normal gum colour is a healthy pink, anything other such as yellow, red, blue or white is a sign that you should be worried. To the the circulation press lightly on the gums. The area should go pale quickly and when you release regain colour. If this takes longer than a couple of seconds, call your vet.

My Results

Heart Rate: 92 bpm
Gum Check: Perfect
Circulation: Perfect

Encourage your humans to check you over and let them! It's for your own good!

Licks and Wags,

PS. Do share what you get!