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How To Take Dogs Temperature
The old belief that you can tell if your dog is sick simply by feeling his nose is not that simple. You remember – cold and wet means healthy, whereas dry and hot means sick?
The fact is that a dog’s natural body temperature is higher than that of humans. And because they are warmer to touch in general – this sometimes makes it difficult to detect a high temperature or fever in dogs.
Most owners live closely with their canine family members and will be attuned to any fluctuations in their dog’s behavior.
Warning symptoms of illness include lethargy, uncommon restlessness, coughing, runny nose, diarrhea, whining and crying, excessive drooling, shivering, dull eyes, lack of interest and lack of appetite.
If your dog is displaying any of these symptoms, then it is a good idea for you to carefully check him over and do some investigating.
What Should A Dog’s Temperature Be?
The normal body temperature for dogs is within the range of 100.5°F to 102.5°F. This is about 38°C to 39.2°C. When a dog’s temperature falls outside this range, veterinarian advice should be sought.
If the body temperature is over 104°F or under 99°F, then this indicates an emergency situation and you should get help immediately.
The most accurate way how to take a dog’s temperature – that is recommended by the experts – is to use a digital rectal thermometer which is designed for use in dogs.
There are also ear thermometers that are made especially for dog’s ears, which are relatively accurate and fast, however you need to use the proper technique to get an accurate temperature reading.
It is a good idea to keep a special thermometer for taking your dogs temperature, just in case you need one urgently.
How To Take Your dog’s Temperature:
First, it is a good idea to have a helper to hold your dog still while you take his temperature. Many dogs will have no problem, but some will seriously object to having the thermometer inserted.
If you are on your own, then it is easiest if you can get your dog to lay down on his side and firmly hold him still with clever use of your own body parts. Reassure your dog with your voice and calming strokes.
Lubricate the end of the thermometer with a lubricant like baby oil or petroleum jelly. Inserting the thermometer should be easy, just a gentle twisting motion will help ease it in.
Depending on the size of the dog, you will need to insert the thermometer between one to three inches. With a digital thermometer – it will beep when the final temperature reading has been found. Once you hear the beep you can gently slide the thermometer out, and see the reading.
When the thermometer is inside the dog, make sure he stays still, as you do not want to risk the thermometer breaking off and leaving bits inside your dog.
Now you know how to take dogs temperature, it is a good idea to keep one in your puppy kit for whenever you need one. Rectal Thermometer for dogs are quite inexpensive. There is also a choice of the much more costly Pet Ear Thermometer – both are pictured below:
Digital Rectal Thermometer For Dogs and Cats
Vet-Temp Professional Electronic Ear Thermometer