How to take your dog's temperature

Posted on April 14 2018

How to take your dog's temperature

Knowing the temperature of your dog in case it acts strange or seems sick is very important, since depending on how you are doing you can know how to act.

The first thing you should know is that the normal temperature of a dog is a little higher than that of humans, because it is usually between 38 and 39 degrees Celsius, when ours is regularly located between 36 and 37 degrees .

In the case of dogs, they are considered to have a fever when their temperature exceeds 39.5 degrees Celsius, usually due to infection or inflammation (although there may be other reasons, such as various diseases, tumors, heat stroke or reaction to vaccines , for example).

You may also be interested to know what to do if your dog gets a fever.

To determine if your dog has a fever or not, you must have a thermometer , because this is the only completely accurate way in which you can take your dog's temperature. The best way to do this measurement is via anal.

We recommend that your thermometer be digital so you do not run any risk of it breaking. If you do not have one on hand, you can use a glass one , but be extremely careful so you do not hurt your dog (or you).

Before inserting it, we recommend cleaning it with a cotton soaked in alcohol and you can put a little water -based lubricant or Vaseline to make it easier to slide.

There are some dogs that are allowed to take the temperature without any problem, but others hate it. If your dog is one of the first, it will not be difficult for you to do the process alone, but if you are one of those who do not support it, it is important that you ask for help so that someone can hold it from the head and front of the body. Believe it or not, for most dogs it is less stressful if someone holds them while they take their temperature.

Subsequently, the tail should be raised carefully , so that the anus is exposed and insert the thermometer very carefully. It is not necessary that you enter too much, with which you enter only the metallic tip is more than enough. Wait until the thermometer shows the temperature and that's it.

At the end, we recommend you to rub it again with a cotton soaked in alcohol to make sure it is completely clean

There are also thermometers that measure temperature through the ear , however, they are not as accurate and there is a risk of hurting your dog, so we do not recommend them.

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