How to take Temperature, Pulse and Respiration of Animals

Temperature

The veterinary clinical thermommeter is placed in the rectum, inserting it about 50mm, and leaving it there for three minutes. Before taking the temperature of an animal always shake the mercury down. Moisten the thermometer before putting away in its case after using.

Pulse

The most convenient place for taking the pulse is at the jaw. The tips of the first and second fingers should be pressed against the artery which runs round the angle of the base of the jawbone. With some animals the pulse can be felt more efficient by holding the hand against the wall of the chest on the left hand side.

Respiration

The breathing of an animal in good health should be regular, easy and full.

Respiration can be determined by placing the ear to the animal's chest.

Temperature, Pulse and Respiration

Animal
Temperature
Pulse beats per minute
Respiration per minute
Horse
38.0 C
38 to 43
8 to 12
Cow
38.5 C
50 to 60
12 to 16
Sheep
39.4 C
75 to 80
20 to 30
Pig
39.2 C
70 to 80
20 to 30
Dog
38.5
80 to 90
15 to 25
 

 

 

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