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People always talk about your dogs temperature but most of us don’t know what is normal and what counts as a fever. Dog’s have a different temperature range than people, their body temperature is higher.

A normal temperature for a dog is: 99.5 F to 102.5 F.

So above 102.5 F would be considered a fever.

There are only 2 ways to take a dog’s temperature, through their ear or through their bum. You can get digital thermometers made for pets that lets you check either their ear or rectal temperature.

To take a rectal temperature, you want to lubricate the thermometer with petroleum jelly or lube meant for sexual intercourse. Insert the thermometer into the dogs rectum and hold on to it until it beeps. If using a glass thermometer, leave it in their rectum for about a minute. DO NOT let go of the thermometer or your dog may suck it up inside their rectum and then you will have to go fishing for it. If you can, we recommend tying a string to the thermometer just in case.

If the thermometer gets stuck inside your dog, call Vetco to arrange to have the vet remove it.

An ear thermometer is easier to use. You place it deep inside the ear canal and when it beeps, you have a temperature read. Do not use a glass thermometer in your dog’s ear. Do not use any kind of thermometer except one meant for your dogs ear, on your dog’s ear. Other thermometers can damage their ear.

Signs Against Fever

You are not likely taking your dog’s temperature all the time, so it is good to know about the signs of fever so you know what to look for.

  • Red eyes
  • Warm ears
  • Warm, dry nose
  • Lethargy
  • Shivering
  • Loss of appetite
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting

A fever is typically a sign of infection. Any fever should be treated as serious. If your dog has a fever, bring him to the vet to be examined. Your dog may need to go on antibiotics or undergo other treatments. Your vet may tell you to do more natural home remedies to help reduce their fever, such as applying cool water to his paws and ears with a towel.

NEVER give a dog aspirin or any medication unless directed by your vet.

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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.