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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter, Issue #016 - Vital Signs
February 15, 2007
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Issue 16

Table of Contents



Vital Signs

Vomiting

Bee or wasp sting




To check vital signs:

* Don't assume pet won't bite or scratch.

* Use rectal, not oral, thermometers. Newer human digital thermometers are best.

* Check heart rate by placing your hand over animal's chest, just behind elbow.

* Measure breathing rate by observing animal's sides or by holding your wet finger in front of the nose.

* Measure both rates for 15 seconds and multiply by 4 to get the rate per minute.

Normal Temp............Normal Heart Rates.....Normal Breathing Rates

Dogs 101 - 102.5 F...70 - 160 beats/min... 10-30 breaths/min

Cats 101 - 102.5 F...160 - 240 beats/min...20-30 breath

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Vomiting

POSSIBLE CAUSES: poisoning, abdominal injury, motion sickness, disease, overeating, fear, brain injury, parasites.

Examine vomit for blood or other clues as to cause. Bring a sample of the vomit to veterinarian.

If your pet may have eaten something poisonous, bring a sample of the suspected poison (preferably in its original packaging) to the veterinarian.

Do not offer any food or water until a veterinarian has been contacted.

Abdominal pain, enlarged stomach and dry heaves are serious signs. Call veterinarian immediately.

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Bee or wasp sting For bee stings, apply baking soda and water paste. For wasp stings, apply vinegar or lemon juice.

Apply cold pack, and follow with calamine or antihistamine cream.

In case of severe swelling or difficulty breathing, take to clinic immediately.

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