I exercise and often check my pulse before and after. Can I also check my dog's heart rate at home?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Many dog owners don't realize that it's easy to check your dog's pulse at home. Your dog's pulse should fall between 50 to 140 beats per minute when resting. Consult with your veterinarian to see which narrower range your dog fits into. Puppies and smaller dogs tend to have faster heart rates, while larger dogs often have slower rates.
To check your dog's heart rate, encourage your pet to roll onto its right side. Gently feel on the left side of your dog's chest for the heartbeat. You can also touch the inside of your dog's left hind leg, where there's an artery and a thin patch of skin.