Resting and sleeping respiratory rates in healthy young dogs and cats in their home environment
Respiratory rate is a valuable measure for monitoring animal health. We now aim to examine resting and sleeping respiratory rates in young healthy dogs and cats in their home environment. The purpose is to see if the already established reference values for respiratory rates in healthy grown-up dogs and cats in their home environment also can be used when monitoring young dogs and cats.
The reason for conducting the two studies (one concerns young dogs and one young cats) is that we today have limited information regarding the normal respiratory rates in young dogs and cats. This despite the fact that resting and sleeping respiratory rates are valuable variables for evaluating animal health. Today, established reference values for respiratory rates in adult dogs and cats are also used for assessing young animals, even though these values may not represent normal findings in young animals.
We hope that as many owners of young healthy dogs and cats (between 7 weeks and 1 year old) as possible participate in our studies. Below you can find a pdf-file (note: in Swedish) including more information to dog and cat owners, and also a form to fill in for participation. Below you can also find two instruction videos showing how to count the respiratory rate in dogs and cats. You are very welcome to contact us with any questions