Normal Temperature for Dogs

Normal Temperature for dogs will be around 101-102.5 degrees. That is hotter than humans who have a temperature of 97-99 degrees so dogs will always feel warmer to us.

It is important to know when the dog has a fever, overheating on a hot summer day, or when they have a normal temperature.  Different situations will make knowing this information valuable.

Infections and illnesses cause the body to overheat and have a higher than normal temperature for dogs. Anything higher than a 101 degrees is considered a high temperature for dogs.

Strange behavior you should know is in this article that details possible symptoms but also when these symptoms had hard to detect.

Taking the dog’s temperature should be done with care and you should have a basic understanding of the best practices. We included these in the article.

Lastly, treating the fever and how long you should wait before taking them to the vet. All of this information should prepare you for anything when it comes to dog fevers.

High Temperature Causes for Dogs?

Infections are the main source of high temperature in dogs. Illnesses and dogs being sick causes the immune system to fight and can raise the temperature in the process. Any signs of sickness may prompt you to check for what kind of fever the dog may have.

Poison is eaten by dogs because they like to eat everything. Dogs are scavengers just like pigs, rabbits, and other animals so it is likely they will eat poison if available. Fevers will exist in dogs that ate something they shouldn’t have ingested.

Annual shots and different deworm, parvo and other shots can cause the dog to develop a fever. Most of the time you will notice they will be sleepy and sluggish after a shot for 24-48 hours. Consult with your veterinarian if your dog gets a fever after a shot.

Dog Fever Symptoms

Symptoms in dogs that have fevers are hard to detect and dogs can’t talk. Whenever the fever is high the dog will start to show different unusual behaviors that you won’t normally see.

Fatigue is one of the first noticeable differences for energetic dogs. Lazy dogs or dogs that have lower energy levels will not look out of the ordinary sleeping a lot.

Temperatures can change when a human or dog get sick. Suddenly you may notice that they look cold when the weather is fine outside. Low iron dogs who are always cold are harder to detect.

Throwing up is one of the other signs you should keep an eye on. Sometimes dogs throw up then eat some grass and we don’t think much about it. Perfect time to check their temperature after vomiting.

Besides throwing up an upset stomach can cause them not to eat. Loss of appetite is due to how they feel, and we don’t think anything is wrong currently. Maybe they don’t like the food? Or maybe they have a fever?

How to Take a Dog’s Temperature

Taking your dogs temperature is important to do at home in certain situations and it is cheaper on the wallet. Two ways to take the temperature is with a rectal thermometer or take the dogs temperature by digital thermometer.

Make sure you have at least two people to relax the dog and get them comfortable. Either method can make any dog uncomfortable so approach the situation prepared for anything.

Rectal thermometer goes inside of the dog’s anus one to three inches. Smaller dogs should be closer to one and bigger dogs closer to three inches. Leaving this device in place for a few minutes will get the correct temperature. Follow the directions in the packet to lubricate, insert, and discard after usage.

Digital thermometer goes inside of the dog’s ear and can get an accurate temperature. Another unusual device to have around a dog and putting it onto the dog’s body. Gently approach and we recommend letting the dog smell the device and pet them with it. If the dog is just not comfortable try a different method or let a professional handle situation.

Dogs with Fever Treatment

After discovering your dog may have a temperature make sure you double check the reading by doing the process all over. If the dog still has a temperature take them and try to cool them off.

Air conditioning inside the house, water on their belly, and giving them water, all can cool down their high temperature. Reaching levels of 103 or higher for a sustained period should require professional attention.

Lastly, if the temperature is under 99 that is a temperature that is too low for a dog. Low temperatures should be given the same serious response as a level that is too high for too long.

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