The heart rate can be taken by locating the animal's pulse along the femoral artery (inner thigh) or under the arm. Here are typical ranges for normal heart rates:
- Cats 110-130 beats/minute
- Puppies 70-120 beats/minute
- Dogs 70-180 beats/minute
- Toy breeds (small dogs) 70-220 beats/minute
The normal heart sound should consist of 2 separate beats with a silent interval between them and a regular rhythm; LUB DUB, LUB DUB (like a drum). If you have any doubts about your animal's heart or if the heart rate is not normal treat as an emergency and seek veterinary care.