Just as their humans have a need to know things: body temperature, pulse and breathing among them, you wanna know your critter’s counts.
Normal temperature is 100-102.5. Old school glass thermometer or new fandled digital that beeps at you when it’s job is done will do.
Brings us to heart rate/pulse : Put your hand just behind its front left leg. Have handy a watch of some sort with a second hand, count the beats for 15 seconds, then that is multiplied by 4. Normalcy is 140-220. Faster, slower or irregular are good reasons to get a hold the animal’s vet.
Respiratory /breathing : This time use the second hand to count the breaths for a full 60 seconds while your pet is relaxed and standing. 20-30 is the range you want.
Wednesday mornings are typically “Animal Day” on Your Classic Morning Show with Keith and Sam, featuring an adoption option with Heather from the Coulee Region Humane Society.