Taking Your Dog's Temperature
|You may need to gently retrain your dog during this procedure. Ask someone to cradle the dog's head with their left arm while supporting the dog's stomach with their righ arm.|
- Shake the end of the mercury thermometer well, then lubricate the end.
- Lift your dog's tail, gently, with a rotating motion, insert the thermometer into the rectum.
- Hold the thermometer at an angle, so the bulb is in direct contact with the rectal wall.
- Hold in place for 30 to 60 seconds before removing. Wipe the thermometer clean. Avoid touching the bulb.(If touched it may affect the results.)
- Holding the thermometer horizontally, gently rotate until you can read the mercury line; make a note of the temperature.
- Clean the thermometer using the antiseptic swab, shake down, dry, and repalce it's cover.
- Wash your hands.
A high temperature may be the result of:
- Heat Stroke
A low temperature may indicate:
- Impending birth
Your dog's temperature should be interpreted in conjunction with other symptoms, and you should discuss your finding's with a veterinarian.
Remember, this information is for reference only. Always contact your vet or pet profesional for advice.
The information contained on this site is for the sole purpose of
being informative and is not and should not be used or relied upon as medical
Seek the advice of your vet
or other qualified pet care provider before you decide on any treatment or
for answers to any questions you may have regarding a canine medical symptom or medical condition.