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Your Dogs Health

When you take your dog for a walk or to the park, do you ever wonder what their heart rate is? If so, you’re not alone! A lot of dog owners are curious about their pup’s heart rate and what it says about their health. It’s natural for a dog’s heart rate to change as they move around, however, there are standard thresholds that differ between breeds and ages. In this blog post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about understanding your dog’s heart rate—including how to check it and what it means for your pet’s overall well-being.

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How to Check Your Dog's Heart Rate

The easiest way to check your dog’s heart rate is by placing two fingers on the inside of the back legs at the groin area. Count the beats for 15 seconds and then multiply that number by four. This will give you a general idea of your pup’s resting heart rate. Depending on age, size, breed, and other factors, a normal resting heart rate can range anywhere from 60-160 beats per minute (bpm). It’s important to note that some breeds (like Greyhounds) have naturally lower resting heart rates than others. Understanding your furry friends’ heart rates can help keep your pets happy and healthy for everyday life and also gives you peace of mind when exercising.

What Your Dog's Heart Rate Says About Their Health

Your pup’s heart rate can be an indication of their overall health. A rapid or irregular heartbeat could be an indication of various illnesses or conditions such as anaemia, dehydration, fever, infection, or even anxiety. If this is the case then we advise taking your pets to the vet for a regular checkup. Conversely, if your pup has a slow heartbeat or is lethargic and weak, it may have low blood pressure from dehydration or an electrolyte imbalance caused by vomiting or diarrhoea. It’s always best to consult with a veterinarian if you notice any irregularities in your pup’s heartbeat or behaviour.

Keeping Your Dog's Heart healthy

To keep your pup’s heart rate in a healthy range, it’s important to make sure they get regular exercise and plenty of rest. If you’re wondering how much exercise is enough for your pup, take note of the breed type – some breeds need more activity than others. It’s important to not over-exercise your pup as this can lead to overexertion and an elevation in heart rate. Additionally, keep your fur baby hydrated and ensure they’re eating a healthy diet that is rich in essential vitamins and minerals.

Exercises for Your Dog

No two Pups are the Same

All dogs are different—which means that no two pups will have the same resting heartbeat. However, understanding your pup’s normal resting heart rate can help ensure they stay healthy and happy throughout their life! Checking your pup’s heartbeat regularly (at least once a week when they are young) can help detect potential problems early on so that any necessary treatments can be administered right away. At Pj Pet Products, we offer a variety of fun psychological and physical games to keep your pup’s heart rate in tip-top shape!