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How To Take Your Dog’s Temperature

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Do you know your pup’s normal body temperature? Ever wondered why your dog feels cozy and warm on chilly nights? You will be surprised to realize that your dog’s normal internal temperature is higher than your own. As a dog owner, it is important to learn how to take your dog’s temperature and to know what is normal and what is not. Knowing how to take your dog’s temperature is crucial because it will determine whether the dog is sick or not. It may also make you detect illness early so that you initiate a prompt treatment. This could prevent his condition from getting worse. While you can always rely on a thermometer to take your dog’s temperature, it is advisable that you know how to do it even without one. This is how to go about it;

Use a Rectal Thermometer

A rectal thermometer is widely accepted among scientists. It is the best one to use while measuring the internal temperature of your dog. Although this might not be the most humorous part of a dog’s owner, it is the most accurate method to use in finding the actual body temperature. This can usually be done in less than a minute while using a digital thermometer. So it doesn’t sound so bad.

When using a rectal thermometer, use some petroleum jelly to lubricate the end of the thermometer. Because most dogs hate having their rare ends manipulated, it’s advisable that you get another person to help hold your dog. It should be a person that the dog likes and can talk to him soothingly.

. Let the person place one arm around the dog’s neck and the other arm under the dog’s belly, gently hugging the dog against his or her own body. Ensure you lift the tail out of the way and gently insert the thermometer about an inch into your dog’s anus. Press the start button and wait for about 30 seconds for the beep signaling completion. Remove the thermometer, clean it and read the temperature. A temperature of 100.5⁰ to 102⁰ F is normal.

by measuring the infra-red heat waves emitted from the eardrum. You should place the thermometer into the horizontal ear canal to get an accurate reading. The normal ear temperature of a dog is 100⁰ to 103⁰ Fahrenheit. Note that ear thermometers when not used properly can be less accurate.

You can as well check your dog’s temperature even without a thermometer. This may happen when there’s an urgent issue with your dog and you can’t access the thermometers in good time. Here is how you would go about it;

  • Feel Your Dog’s Paws and Ears with the Back of Your Hand

You can use your body part that is more sensitive to heat, like your cheeks or the back of your hand. A dog with a high body temperature usually feels hot on their paws and ears. If the temperature feels hotter than your own, then it could be an indication that your dog isn’t feeling well.

  • Feel the Armpits and the Groin Area

Dogs just like humans can have their armpits and groin area feel warm when they have a fever. This is because these areas have lymph nodes that contain immune cells that fight infections. Whenever there is an infection, the lymph nodes become filled with antibodies making the area feel warmer than the other parts of the body. Besides, these parts are rather exposed because they lack fur. This makes it easy to assess your dog’s temperature.

  • Feel the Dog’s Nasal Area

It is normal for a dog’s nose to become dry when laying out under the sun or exercising. A dog’s nose can be dry because of dehydration; this is quite dangerous for canines. If your dog’s nose is warm, dry and a greenish discharge is coming out, he may be suffering from an infection. When fever is present, the dog might be having inflammation or suffering from an upper respiratory system.

The Final Thought

Taking your dog’s temperature may seem easy. However, you need to ensure that you do it properly. You can use a thermometer to give you accurate measurements. If you can’t access any, then feel free to feel your dog’s body temperature with the back of your hands.  Be sure to distinguish fever from normal temperature. If your dog’s temperature falls below 99⁰ F or rises above 103⁰ F, you should visit your vet immediately. For more follow up Pet Blogish.

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