Good to know your dog’s normal and abnormal vital signs

Body Temperatures of a Dog

Hypothermic/Low Below 101
Normal Between 101 and 102.5
Hyper thermic/High/Fever Over 102.5

The body temperature is important to the health of a dog. If a dog is too cold or hypothermic it may not receive adequate blood flow to all the parts of the body. If it is too warm or hyper thermic it may cause damage to internal organs. This condition is also referred to as a fever. Both extremes can be fatal to a dog.
If a dog has an abnormal body temperature it may be lethargic and not very alert. If the temperature is too low, the dog may shiver but if the temperature is too high the dog may pant. Either extreme is worrisome.

Heart Rates of a Dog

Bradycardic/Low Below 60
Normal 60-140
Tachycardic/High Over 140

Resting Heart Rate Ranges of a Dog in Beats Per Minute
Smaller and out of shape dogs may have faster normal heart rates than larger dogs. Smaller dogs typically have heart rates between 100-140 while larger dogs will be between 60-100 BPM.
Respiratory Rates of a Dog

Bradypnic/Low Below 10
Normal 10-35
Tachypneic/High Above 35
Respiratory Resting Rate Ranges of a Dog in Breaths Per Minute. Smaller dogs may have faster respiratory rates than larger dogs.

Keeping track of your dog’s health.