#1 – How To Check Your Dog’s Pulse
To check your doggie’s pulse you need to locate the femoral artery, located under the skin on the inside of the leg, between the two large muscles found where the leg meets the body. With the dog standing, place your hand in front of the rear leg where it meets the body and slide your fingers into the space between the leg and groin area. You will feel the artery pulse when the heart beats. Once you have found the artery when the dog is standing, try again with the dog in a side-lying position.
Count the pulses in 15 seconds and multiply by four to find the the number of beats per minute. Familiarize yourself with the pulse rate of your dog, how it feels when they are calm and relaxed and also how it feels after any type of exercise. Normally, a dog’s pulse will fall somewhere between 70 and 120 beats per minute. A puppy could have a pulse rate anywhere between 120 to 160 beats per minute.