A dog’s normal temperature is 101-101.5°F (38.25-39°C). Large breeds may vary between 100-100.5°F).
You can record a dog’s temperature by inserting a rectal thermometer a couple of inches into the rectum. Take care. If possible, have someone hold the dog for you as the thermometer can break if the dog moves suddenly.
A temperature of 103°F (39.5°C) is a concern, and any higher means that you need to see a vet almost immediately.
A low temperature is more serious. 100°F in small dogs is a concern, and 99°F is alarming – call the vet.
To warm a dog’s temperature while you are waiting to see the vet, wrap a hot water bottle well in a blanket and place near the dog. Make sure that the bottle is well wrapped to avoid contact burns.
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