If your dog
seems to be off his game but there's no apparent cause, it's a good idea
(and a reassuring one) to take his temperature and see if there is a physical
A Toy or
small dog breed's normal temperature usually is 101 to 102 F or 38 to
39 C. It's a good idea to take your dog's temperature when you know he's
well or at a routine vet visit so you see what's typical for your dog.
for most dogs is 100 to 102 F. Anything outside that range requires veterinary
care and a temperature of 103 or higher is a medical emergency.
If you use
a non-rectal thermometer, always take his temperature in the same area
of his body. For example, always use his ear, his gums or his groin rather
than using a different body area each time.
your dog is in a comfortable position away from any cold or heat source
that might distort his body temperature before you take his temperature.
a good idea, with the help of your vet's office or friends, to test the
rectal thermometer temperature with the non-rectal type you want to use.
Depending on your level of confidence and your dog's comfort, you may
discover one type of thermometer works the best for the both of you.
a short clear video on how to use a digital rectal thermometer to take
your dog's temperature.
downside to this product is that you have to send it to the manufacturer
when the lithium battery gives out (supposedly after 5 years). That
may be more expensive than buying a discounted new one.
could have been great. If you or your dog absolutely will not tolerate
a rectal thermometer, it is less expensive than the non-touch one
below and a better choice than nothing.
addition, this is so easy to use. You simply place within half an
inch of your dog's inner ear, upper gum or groin, point and click.
you don't want to look at the results, you can let it read you the
results in English, Spanish or French!
this one and like it much better than the ear thermometer.
you or your dog will not tolerate the use of a rectal thermometer,
this would be my second choice.
you get one, take it to your vet at your next appointment and let
the doctor or vet tech try it out along with a rectal thermometer
to test its accuracy. If you can predict a standard difference,
that's almost as good as a wholly accurate reading.
I suggest turning off the audio reading. The sound may scare your
dog and you too if you weren't expecting it. The digital pad is
easy to read as it is.