Vital Signs

  Dogs Cats
Normal Heart Rate

    

70 - 160 beats / minute 160 - 240 beats / minute
Normal Respiratory Rate 10 - 30 breaths / minute 20 - 30 breaths / minute
Normal Temperature 101 - 102.5 F 101 - 102.5 F

How Do You Check Vital Signs?

  Technique Recording Results
Heart Rate Hand over the heart Count beats for 15 seconds and multiply by 4
Respiration Observe flank motion or place a wet finger (pocket mirror) over the nares Count the rate over 15 seconds and multiply by 4
Temperature Use rectal or digital thermometer.   Insert for one minute into the rectum or use the external ear canal.   Try the new infared thermometers ( 2 seconds!)! Record degrees F