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Sick dog i have a sick dog ;and want to know what temperature he should be at

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How to take Dogs temperature?
Required Things:

• Digital pet thermometer

• Lubrication, such as petroleum jelly or mineral oil

• Soap and water

• Rubbing alcohol

For a breeder it is mandatory to know why their pet not feeling well? Why he/she has lack of appetite, restless, and not involved in daily activities. These are signs and symptoms suggested that their pet is ill. Fever can be in these illnesses. It requires special attention. A dog is not express like human when it gets fever, and has not signs (e.g. warm skin, and trembling). For these reasons it is important to know and learn how to take temperatures reading of fever as a vet can do it. It can be done very impressively to follow the following steps:

First of all you should have a Digital pet thermometer; it can be bought by local market.

For your help call somebody who hold the dog when you take the readings.

Do clean your Digital pet thermometer with prescribed rubbing alcohol.

Before taking a temperature apply lubricant (i.e. petroleum jelly or mineral oil).

Pick dog\'s tail upward and insert thermometer gently into your dog\'s rectum. Put it into half of the length of the thermometer.

Grasp the thermometer in that position until it beeps, or for 1 to 2 minutes.

Pull it out and look at it to see what your dog\'s temperature is.

The normal body temperature should between 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit

Clean the thermometer thoroughly with semi-hot water and prescribed soap

Ask your vet if temperature is low or high with sign of sickness.

During the learning process (dog\'s temperature measurement process), be relaxed and don\'t show nervousness to your canine. This will add to the pet\'s irritation.

Be very conscious during all the process of taking temperature, don\'t insert thermometer into deep of dog\'s rectum, it can be a cause of pain.

Tie a cord around the other end of the thermometer so that if it slips or accidentally go into your dog\'s rectum too deeply, you will be able to easily pull it back.

Remember a digital pet thermometer is best than an oral human thermometer to measure dog\'s temperature. Conventional sort (contains mercury) can be very dangerous if accidentally broken.

Always prefer rectal digital thermometer to take a temperature reading of pet.

Ear thermometer is also available in market but it is not as accurate as rectal thermometer is.

Never strive to take your canine\'s temperature if he/she is very irritated or very hyper. If you do so, it could be dangerous for pet. Be patience until dog calms down when he/she calm down then attempt to insert the thermometer.

Without lubrication insertion may be dangerous action it can cause the pain.

Self medication is prohibited if the temperature of pet is very low/high.

Do not get anger with your canine if he/she will not get calm enough to permit you to insert the thermometer. Take him/her to your vet if you are not capable to take your dog\'s temperature.



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