One of the best ways that humans can tell if they are feeling sick, is for them to measure their temperature. While our temperature is usually not exactly 98.6°F, we cam tell if we say sick when we continually see our temperature move a full degree or two above or below our normal temp. But what about dogs?
What is a Dog’s Normal Body Temperature?
The normal body temperature for a dog can vary slightly, but usually falls within the range of 100.5°F to 102.5°F (about 38°C to 39.2°C).
Just like you would bring yourself to the doctor if your temperature was not normal, you should do the same for your dog. Any fluctuations in temperate above 104°F or under 99°F indicates an emergency situation, which needs immediate attention.
How to Take a Dog’s Temperature?
The best way to get an accurate read on your dog’s temperature is through a rectal reading. Although, with the advancements in thermometers, there is not longer a need to wait 60 seconds to get an accurate reading. You can now get thermometers that will almost instant give an accurate reading through a dog’s ear. Some thermometers are also used for measuring temperature in the under arm area of the dog. Rectal thermometer readings are still recommended by most vets, as they will give the most accurate results.