As and when your dog is giving you signs of feeling unwell it might be required to take its temperature to find out weather it has a temperature and plan the course of action. Thankfully taking an accurate temperature reading for your dog is very easy and tools and devices are available so you can do this effectively and without causing your pet any pain or discomfort.
How to take your dog rectal temperature
Rectal temperature readings, can be a little uncomfortable for your dog but highly necessary, therefore to minimise discomfort while taking a correct reading, try to follow these guidelines:
- Try to get at least another person to help you stabilising the dog and keep it in place while the measurement takes place.
- Make sure you lubricate the thermometer using water based lubricant
- Once you have your assistant keeping the dog steady and tranquil, lift its tale and carefully insert the thermometer into the rectum
- Make sure you hold the thermometer in place when taking the temperature and for the correct amount of time weather you are using a dotal thermometer or a mercury one.
Rectally, your pet ideal core temperature should be between 100 and 102 Fahrenheit.
How to take your dog ear temperature
Another less invasive yet still accurate way to take your dog temperature is through its ear. The ear represent a very good place where to start taking the temperature as the brain blood temperature is usually measured using this method.
If you wish to use this method to measure your dog temperature, make sure you insert the ear thermometer deep into the dog’s ear canal. Although a conventional ear thermometer for humans can be used to measure dog’s temperature, i would recommend purchasing a device which has been designed for dogs as it tends to have a slightly longer nozzle to reach much deeper into the pet’s ear.
I would also recommend when possible to measure both rectal and ear temperature so that both readings can be compared and check weather they differ. An ideal ear temperature for your dog can range between 100 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
Should i call the vet?
As a general rule of thumb, you should contact the vet if your dogs temperature falls below 98 or rises above 105 Fahrenheit. A low temperature could be a sign of a shock or another serious illness, wether a high temperature could be a sign that your dog is fighting an infection or a heat related condition.
If at any time your dog is showing the following Symptoms, you should take its temperature and immediately contact the vet is the readings are outside normal ranges:
- Your dog is eating and drinking less than normal
- Your dog seems lethargic
- Your dog is acting strange
- You notice lumps or swelling
- Your dog is hiding for long periods
After the vet has been called, the normal course of action will be to have a blood test to pinpoint the exact cause of the problem and give your pet the correct treatment.