Normal Heart Rate for Cats and Dogs

The heart rate can be taken by locating the animal's pulse along the femoral artery (inner thigh) or under the arm. Here are typical ranges for normal heart rates:

  • Cats 110-130 beats/minute
  • Puppies 70-120 beats/minute
  • Dogs 70-180 beats/minute
  • Toy breeds (small dogs) 70-220 beats/minute

The normal heart sound should consist of 2 separate beats with a silent interval between them and a regular rhythm; LUB DUB, LUB DUB (like a drum). If you have any doubts about your animal's heart or if the heart rate is not normal treat as an emergency and seek veterinary care.