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Resting Respiratory Rates

By Susan E. Fielder, DVM, MS, DACVP (Clinical Pathology), Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pathobiology, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences (CVHS), Oklahoma State University

Resting Respiratory Rates

Species

Breaths /min (range)

Cat

16–40

Dairy cow

26–50

Dog

18–34

Horse

10–14

Pig

32–58

Sheep

16–34

Adapted from Reece WO, Respiration in Mammals, in Dukes' Physiology of Domestic Animals, 12th ed., Reece WO, Ed. Copyright 2004 by Cornell University.

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