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How to take a dogs temperature

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If you suspect your dog is sick then taking your dog's temperature is important. No matter if you have a female or male dog, the correct hole is the one directly under and at the base of the tail. If you are planning to attempt this on your own, keep your dog standing and stationary by putting your arm over your dog's back. Wrap your arm snuggly around your dog's body and hold secure. Insert the thermometer with your dominant hand to ensure control. The task best performed with two people. Hold your dog steady; have a friend (preferable someone the dog likes) insert the thermometer. Digital thermometers are the prefered thermometer since they read incredibly quickly. Apply a small amount of Vaseline on the thermometer's tip of entry (the siver head). Slowly slide the thermometer into the dog's rectum about 1 inch deep (the colon is quite deep). If you are using a mercury thermometer, wait 2 minutes. If you are using a digital thermometer, remove at the sound of the beep (between 8 and 20 seconds). Remove slowly and read the thermometer. Use an alcohol wipe to clean the thermometer before shaking it down and putting it away. A dog's normal body temperature ranges between 100.5 Fahrenheit (38.1°C) and 102.5 Fahrenheit (39.2°C). If your dog's temperature is below 99 degrees Fahrenheit (37.2°C) or above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40°C) consider the reading serious. Take your dog to your veterinarian immediately.



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Great sticky. Thanks!

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