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Taking the Temperature

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How to Check Your Dog's Temperature: Step-by-Step Guide

1. The Importance of Temperature Check

Ensuring your dog's well-being includes monitoring their temperature, and simply touching their nose won't provide an accurate reading.

2. Using a Rectal Thermometer

Here's how to correctly measure your dog's temperature:

  • Choose Digital Thermometers: Opt for digital thermometers for accurate and quick readings.
  • Prepare Lubricant: Apply lubricant to the thermometer's end for easy insertion.
  • Lift the Tail: Gently lift your dog's tail.
  • Insert Thermometer: Carefully insert the lubricated thermometer, about 1.5 to 2.5 centimetres.
  • Hold the Display End: Keep hold of the thermometer's display end to monitor the temperature.
  • Temperature Reading: Most thermometers will beep when they've completed the reading.

3. Handling a Resistant Dog

If your dog is uncomfortable, consider these strategies:

  • Keep Control: Use your elbow to gently hold your dog's head back to prevent biting.
  • Two-Person Approach: Enlist the help of a second person; one can control the dog, while the other takes the temperature.

4. Understanding Normal Temperatures

Know what's normal for your dog's temperature:

  • Normal Range: Typically, a dog's temperature falls between 37.5 to 38.5 degrees Celsius.
  • Consult the Vet: If the temperature is outside this range, consult your vet as it may indicate an underlying issue.
  • Timing Matters: Elevated temperature immediately after exercise is different from an elevated resting temperature.