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What Temperature Should My Dog Be?

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Most of us know what temperature humans should be when we are healthy, 98.6 F. But most of us don’t know what a normal temperature is for dogs. Dogs run hotter than their human counter parts.

A typical normal range for dogs is 101 to 102.5 F.

There are many reasons a dogs temperature will go up or down. Some reasons include:

  • Infection
  • Shock
  • Inflammation
  • Outside temperature
  • Vaccinations
  • Eating something toxic.

The time to be worried is if their temperature goes below 99 F or above 104 F. This indicates a serious situation and you should bring them to your Albuquerque vet immediately.

Signs of a hypothermic (low-temperature) :

  • Lethargy
  • Shivering
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased activity

Signs of hyperthermic (high-temperature) fevers are:

  • Excessive panting
  • Lethargy
  • Red gums that are warm to the touch

How do you check a dogs temperature?

It is a myth that you can tell a dog’s temperature by checking his nose. A wet nose does not mean that he is fine and a dry nose doesn’t indicate a fever. The only way to know if your dog is hypo or hyperthermic is to take his temperature.

DO NOT use a mercury thermometer, as it could break off inside their body.

Do not use ear thermometer as they are unreliable in dogs due to the shape of their ear canal.

The best way to take a dogs temperature is with one of the digital thermometer with the flexible ends. Put petroleum jelly on the thermometers bulb (the side that measures the temperature) and insert it about 1-2 inches into your dogs rectum (bum). Keep the thermometer in place for 60 seconds or until it beeps. Remove gently and read.

If they have an elevated temperature but not above 104 F, have him drink small amounts of water regularly to stay hydrated and just watch him for any other signs of illness or infection.

If he is a little below normal but not below 99 F, then cover him with blankets or a heating pad to help keep him warm.

If you have any indication that your dogs condition is worsening, make sure to call you vet and get him evaluated.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.