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Normal body temperature for dogs is 101 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 to 39.2 degrees Celsius).
The only accurate way to tell if your dog has an increased or decreased body temperature is to take their rectal temperature. Experts recommend using a digital thermometer specifically designed for rectal use in dogs. Most thermometers intended for use in human ears do not work well for this purpose.
Falsely elevated temperatures can occur when pets are over excited or agitated.
To take your dog’s temperature, first coat the thermometer with a lubricant such as petroleum gel or baby oil. Next, gently insert the thermometer about one inch into your dog’s anus and wait for results. Most thermometers sold for this purpose will take less than 60 seconds to register
If your dog has a temperature greater than 103 F or less than 99 F, you should call your veterinarian.
Temperatures above 106 F or below 97 F are emergencies that must be treated promptly.
If your dog has a temperature above 105 F, you can help bring his body temperature down by applying cool water to his fur, especially around the ears and feet. Using a fan on the damp fur will help lower the temperature. Be sure to monitor your dog’s rectal temperature as you do this, and stop the cooling procedure once it reaches 103 F. You don’t want to bring down the temperature too fast läs hela rapporten.
If your dog has a fever, try to see that he drinks small amounts of water on a regular basis to stay hydrated, but don’t force it. And never give your dog any human medicines intended to lower fever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, as they can be poisonous to dogs and cause severe injury or death.
If your dog has a temperature below 99 F, wrap them in warmed blankets (you can heat these blankets up in either a tumble dryer, on a radiator or with a hairdryer) and place a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel against your dog’s abdomen. Be sure to monitor their temperature every 10 minutes and if it falls below 97 F, seek emergency veterinary attention immediately.
Dog Fever Symptoms
- Depressed mood
- Loss of appetite
- Nasal discharge