Home Check-up

Have you ever noticed your dog being a little sluggish or felt like something just wasn’t right, but didn’t think it merited a visit to the veterinarian?  If you’ve ever felt this way you may want to learn how to check your dog’s vital signs at home and write down what your pet’s normal vital signs.

Knowing the Vitals

Knowing your dog’s normal vital signs allows you to give your pet a checkup in your home. Do you know your dog’s normal vital signs?  If you do it can help you identify a potential issue before it causes your pet any harm. These vitals signs can be check by any pet owner and will help give you a heads up to whether or not something is wrong with your dog. Below we have listed the vital signs you can easily check and have also given you the average number of the vital sign.


For the most part dog temperatures are similar to humans and sit in a range of 100-101 degrees.  However, dogs like people can have lower or higher temperatures.  If you know your dog’s normal temperature you will be able to tell if your pet is getting a fever or not.

 Breathing Rate

Normally a dog will take 10-30 breaths per minute, depending on the dog of course.  When your dog is clearly panting it is a warning sign, but if you know the normal number of breaths your dog takes and feel like something isn’t right you’ll be able to identify whether or not his breathing is normal.  Also, this can help you check your dogs comfort level when they are recovering from illness or injury.

 Heart Rate

The average rate for dogs is 100-130 beats per minute.  This is just a reference point though, if your dog gets a lot of exercise it could sit significantly lower than this figure.

Coat Density

It may sound odd to consider coat density as a vital sign, but is a very important indicator of your dog’s health.  Check your pet’s coat frequently, how thick is it?  Is it thinner in spots and thicker in others?  Get to know their coat very well so that if irregularities pop up you will be able to easily identify them.