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How to take a dog's temperature? Answered by D. Vance

April 26th, 2001, 08:27 PM
Question: How do I take my Dog's Temperature?


A dog's normal body temperature varies between 38 and 39 degrees Celsius (100 -102 degrees Fahrenheit).

To take a dog's temperature,

Grease a snub nosed thermometer with vegetable oil.
Lift the dog's tail and insert the thermometer slowly about 2.5 cm or 1 inch deep.
Hold it in for 30-45 seconds.
Take it out slowly, wipe it clean and read the dog's temperature.

David Vance DVM

April 27th, 2001, 11:21 AM

It's also good to make sure you take the dogs temperature in a quiet calm environment.