Taking your pet's temperature
The only way to determine if your pet has a fever is to use a thermometer. We show you how to do this with a few quick and easy steps to help you take your pet's temperature safely and accurately.
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How to take your dog or cat's temperature using a thermometer
- We suggest using a little Vaseline or lubricant on the end of the thermometer to make it easier to insert
- Try to keep your pet calm, and offer a treat to distract them, so that your pet has a positive experience
- It may be helpful to have an assistant to stroke the pet over the back and support them with a hand under the abdomen to ensure they are standing
- As a preparation, touch the anal opening gently with the thermometer before inserting it about 1-1.5 cm
- Digital thermometers typically beep when the reading is complete, which may take 5 or more seconds
The normal temperature for dogs and cats is about 38.3 degrees celsius at rest.
Read more about how to do a simple examination on your dog.