Dog’s can run a fever just like humans & like humans, a fever is not a good sign. It suggests a serious illness or infection.
A normal temperature for a dog is between 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit or 38.6 to 39.2 degrees Celsius. If your dog is running a fever (has a temperature that is higher than 102.5 F or 39.2 C), see your veterinarian to determine the reasons for it & get the appropriate treatment. A fever over 106F/41.1C degrees is a medical emergency.
So how do you take a dog’s temperature? Humans can put a thermometer in their mouths but this is too dangerous for a dog because we might bite & break it. You can use a digital ear thermometer that is specifically made for use in canines. The ear drum is among the best places for this purpose as it will give correct brain blood temperature.
Another method is using a digital rectal thermometer. Here’s how it’s done, don’t be squeamish first of all. You will need to lubricate the thermometer with something like Vaseline or KY Jelly. We suggest natural alternatives such as coconut oil, olive oil, mineral oil or even simply water or your own spit. The point is you don’t want to be inserting a dry thermometer. Keep the dog distracted with treats, this won’t take too long. If possible have 2 people present, one to take the temperature while the other feeds the dog treats.
Insert just the tip of the thermometer. Hold the thermometer in place until you hear it beep. This should only take a few seconds, if you do not hear a beep after 30 seconds, you may need to reset the thermometer and try again (or check the battery).
And that’s it, you’re done. Hopefully your dog’s temperature is normal, but if not, get to a vet as soon as possible.
Here’s a short video on how to take a dog’s temperature rectally.
CEO Olivia ❤