Top Ten Dog Breeds
Favorite Dog Names
Basic Puppy Care
Puppy's First Bath
Cooking for Your Dog
Traveling With Your Dog by Plane
Should I Breed my Dog?
Dog Birth Basics
Microchip my Dog?
Basic Dog Information
Dog's normal breathing rate - 15 to 20 per minute.
Dog's normal heartbeat - 100 to 150 beats per minute. Take pulse under chest or under rear leg where it joins the body.
Dog's normal temperature - 101 to 102 degrees.
Use rectal thermometer for taking temperature and leave in the rectum for three or four minutes. Hold the thermometer firmly while taking the dog's temperature. The rectal muscles can pull the thermometer completely into the dog's body if you let go of it momentarily.
Color of mucus membranes ( includes the gums, tongue, inside of eyelids) should be a nice
healthy pink. Memorize the color of your dog's membranes when he is well
(color varies from dog to dog), so that you will know when there is a change in the color.
Eliminating the problem of vaginal discharge during her season.
Spaying or Neutering
If you do not plan on breeding your dog,
consider the option of having your dog spayed or neutered.
By neutering your female dog you are:
Removing the chance of accidental breeding.
Eliminating two three-week-long sessions per year of her being in season.
Preventing false pregnancies and infections of the uterus.
Spaying also helps prevent the onset of any possible genital cancer
that could develop.
Reducing the chance of mammary tumors.
Eliminating the nuisance of male dogs in the neighborhood congregating at your home
By neutering your male dog you are:
Removing the chance of his accidentally siring a litter of puppies.
Eliminating the desire to roam from home if there is a female
dog in season in the neighborhood.
Eliminating the need to mark his territory with urine if he scents
a female dog in season.
Decreasing, in some cases, aggressive behavior towards other male dogs.
Helps prevent the onset of any possible genital cancer
that may develop when the dog isn't
For the most up to date information about spaying or neutering, check with
Your veterinarian can also advise you of
the best age for these procedures to be done for your breed of dog.