Soon enough, someone came over to keep her company.
Can you spot the pair of ears photobombing Astrid?
Our Tip of the Day:Yesterday I mentioned the importance of knowing the normal vital signs of a cat, and the benefit of being able to check them at home should the need arise. Of course, the same goes for your dog. Just as with a cat, you can try to feel for your dog's heartbeat just behind their front leg, or wherever it feels strongest on their chest (especially in large dogs, you might have to try moving your hand around to find where the heart beat feels strongest). You can check their respiration rate by observing the rising and falling of their chest, and carefully check rectal temperature with a digital thermometer (again, with Vaseline are another safe lubricant on the probe). A normal resting heart rate for a dog can range anywhere from 60 to 140 beats per minute, with larger dogs on the lower end and smaller dogs on the higher end. Resting respiration rates in dogs can range from 10 to 35 breaths per minute. Dog's temperatures are similar to cats, typically ranging around 100 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind that a dog's heart and respiration rates will be elevated after a walk or play session. If these rates are elevated when your dog has not been exerting itself, or if you have any other concerns, consult your veterinarian.