Emergency Dog Health Care : How to Tell if Your Dog Is Sick
Hi I’m Dr. Adrienne Mulligan of Camp Verde
Veterinary Clinic in Arizona and I’m here
today to talk to you about taking vital statistics
on your dog on behalf of expertvillage.com.
There will be times when you wonder if you
dog is sick or if your dog is in a emergency
crisis and whether or not if you should be
running to the vet. A couple of things that
I wanted to sort of debunked are myths about
how to tell if a dog is healthy. One this
is whether there nose is moist or dry and
well it may be true but if your dog has a
dry nose he may be sick but, it doesn’t mean
that every time his nose is dry that he is
sick because his nose moisture would come
and go based on the outside humidity, on the
outside dryness. On to your tear production
on his part cause tear production if lets
say if he got a runny eye because he got allergies
that could make his nose more wet. So that
is not a real reliable indicator but heart
rate, temperature, and respiratory rate are
all three things that are very important plus
the color of there gums. That is very important.
When you call a veterinarian he may ask you
to tell him if your dog has a temperature
or if there gums are pale so these are things
you want to know how to check. When you check
a dogs gums you want to lift the lips and
look at the color of his pink under his lip
and above his teeth and that is a nice pink
color he is probably in good shape. If it
is to dark, to blue, to red, brick red, or
to white, then your dog is probably in series
trouble. That is the first thing to look at.
The next thing is to try to check a pulse.
You can just place your hand against the side
of a dogs chest and then if you feel that
right behind the elbow so if you locate the
elbow and press your fingers against the ribs
right at the point you can feel the heart
beat. Then you can take a watch and count
that heartbeat. Sit down. Sit. You could count
that heartbeat for 15 seconds and then multiply
that by four. So a typical dogs heart rate
is about 120 beats per minute. So I’m counting
his and he is right about 120 beats per minute.
Then I’m going to try to take a temperature.
You could buy these at any Wal-Mart or any
basic drug store and you want to lubricate
it. It is a good idea to use some KY jelly
or some Vaseline and lubricate it and lift
there tail. Insert it just barely into there
anus. It doesn’t have to go very far. Turn
the button on to beep and it would take about
a minute before it would beep and tell you
what the temperature is.