How to Check Your Dog’s Body Temperature

How to Check Your Dog’s Body Temperature



It is really important to know if your dog has a fever or not when they are sick as it might help you take a decision if they need a direct visit to the vet. However, there are some thoughts saying that feeling your dog’s ears or nose is a great way to know if they have a fever, but the truth is that it is not accurate. Furthermore, the most effective way is to check their temperature using a thermometer. But what is the best way to check your dog’s body temperature? Continue reading to know how you can do it.



How to use a rectal thermometer

Taking your dog’s body temperature is not that hard, but the best way to do is by 2 persons. You have to get a person your dog like and knows to hold him. However, if no one is around, you can take the temperature by yourself. First, hold your dog in the best way ever after lying him down on his side. Then use petroleum jelly to lubricate the thermometer after shaking it, do not forget to talk to the dog soothingly. Then hold the thermometer well, lift the tail, and push it in twistingly from 1-3”. You have then to keep the thermometer steady for at least 2 mins.

How to Check Your Dog's Body Temperature

How to Check Your Dog’s Body Temperature

After removing the rectal thermometer, you can know what the temperature is by seeing the height of the silver column of mercury. Degrees between 100.5°-102°F.


Checking your dog’s body temperature by ear

Taking your dog’s body temperature is easier by the ear besides that it is less invasive and reliable. The dog’s eardrum area emits infrared heat waves, that are measured by the thermometer. To get an accurate reading, but the ear thermometer into the horizontal ear canal in a deep way. A temperature between 100°-103°F is normal.


When should you contact your veterinarian?

You should call your vet if the temperature rises above 103°F or falls below 99°F. If the dog has a low temperature, it can mean some serious sicknesses like a shock. On the other hand, a high temperature can also indicate that your dog is suffering from an illness or infection. In both cases, you should waste no time, and take your dog to a veterinarian.


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