Temperature & Vital Signs
A baseline of your pet’s vital signs is always a good starting point for a vet exam. For instance, your pet’s heart rate, respiratory rate, pulse rate, gum colour, capillary refill time (CRT – pressing the gum to blanch it and counting how long till colour returns) and temperature are all vital signs that should exist within a certain range. When one or more of these subjective measurements is outside of the normal range, it can indicate that a problem may exist.
Some of the normal vital signs of pets include: