Taking Your Pet's Temperature

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A cat or dog’s normal temperature is between 100.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Nervousness and exercise raise body temperature as will excess heat and infections. Temperatures below normal are caused by exposure to cold weather but also by shock. When possible use a digital thermometer. They are accurate and easy to read.

Temperature Range

°F°CAction
106+41+cool down immediately and see us
10540.6see us
10440call us
10339.4call us
10238.9normal
10138.3normal
10037.8normal
9937.2call us
9836.7keep warm and see us
  1. Lubricate the thermometer with K-Y jelly before inserting with a slight rotating action in your pet’s rectum.
  2. Hold the thermometer and the base of your pet’s tail and wait 90 seconds.
  3. Disinfect the thermometer after use.
  4. Don’t try to take your pet’s temperature if it finds it distressing.

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