Many people are mistaken when they measure a dog’s temperature. The normal temperature of a healthy dog ranges from 38.5 to 39.5 degrees, different from humans. That’s why people who do not know it gets scared when they measure the temperature and think that the dog has a fever without it really is.
If your dog’s temperature is above 40 degrees, we advise you to take it to the vet right away, as this is a sign that something is not right in your body. It may be with an infection or some flaw in the immune system.
Symptoms of Fever in Dogs
The dog shows some signs of a fever, such as: hot and dry nose, watery or blurry eyes, apathy, lack of appetite and nervousness. When the fever is very high, the dog, as well as the people, can suffer tremors.
How to measure the temperature of the dog with a normal thermometer
You will need a thermometer. It does not have to be a specific thermometer for dogs (although they are sold, they are the same as ours). Buy a common thermometer for humans and leave it reserved for use on your dog.
- Shake the thermometer until the mercury level or the temperature is set at least 35 degrees.
- Lubricate the thermometer with Vaseline or some lubricating gel.
- If your dog is agitated, ask someone to hold it for you. Ideally, he should be lying down so there is no risk of sitting on the thermometer.
- Insert 1/3 of the thermometer into your dog’s anus.
- Leave for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Check the temperature on the thermometer.
- Do not forget to clean the thermometer after use.