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With each purchase of Dr. Bill's Dog First Aid Kit $2 will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society.

Take the Pulse

  • Measuring your pet’s pulse or heart rate is similar to taking your own pulse. Often the best way to obtain the heart rate is to feel for the pulse from the femoral artery located in the groin area. To do this the dog can be standing up or lying on it’s side.
  • Place your fingers over the depression just inside the fold of the flank where the leg meets the abdominal wall and in front of the femur.
  • How to take the pulse
  • The normal heart rate for small dogs is 70 to 180 beats per minute and for large dogs it is 60 to 140 beats per minute.