Taking the temperature of your dog is as simple gesture as life-saving. It allows, indeed, to detect a possible disease and to treat it quickly. The process is easy, but it must be applied in the rules of art if you want to get a reliable record and avoid hurting your friend 4-legged.
➥A simple gesture, but of great importance
➥How to do it?
If you notice an abnormal attitude in your dog, if it seems dejected, weak, loss of appetite and less attentive than usual, it may be useful to check its body temperature. The latter remains the best indicator of the state of health of the animal. It allows to notice a possible fever and thus to take care of it quickly. How to take one’s temperature in an effective and non-traumatic way? What to do if the dog has a fever? Here are some tips to guide you.
➦A simple gesture, but of great importance
Just like us, humans, we must always have this reflex to check the temperature of the dog when it shows the signs potentially heralding a disease. A rise in fever is a harbinger of a more or less serious condition. This can range from a simple cold to a much more serious pathology that requires urgent hospitalization. To be clear, the best method of taking the temperature of your dog is the rectal examination. If it is not always pleasant for the dog, you can ensure that it is not traumatic by taking a few precautions and by acting without rushing.
➦How to do it ?
To take its temperature, you will, of course, need a thermometer. The classic mercury instrument can be used, but the soft-tip electronic model is more accurate and practical. The electronic thermometer will beep when the temperature has been set and warn you if it has been improperly placed.
Before performing the test, make sure the dog is calm and wait for a good while if you come out, as physical activity (just like stress) increases body temperature, which can lead to wrong data.
➧Moistenthe tip of the thermometer beforehand.
➧Then raise its tail. Wait for a little before introducing the thermometer. Take the time to caress it and talk to it while holding its tail to put it in confidence and reassure it.
➧Insert the thermometer gently.
➧Wait until the device beeps to indicate that the temperature has been correctly set.
➧Remove it just as gently and disinfect it.
➧Write down the temperature indicated.
Do not forget to congratulate the dog after finishing.
➧What to do if it has a fever?
The normal temperature of a healthy dog is between 38 and 39 ° C. It is therefore 1 or 2 degrees higher than ours. If the thermometer indicates such a temperature, then there is no need to worry too much. On the other hand, if it exceeds 39 ° C, it may mean that your dog is sick. Above 40 ° C, you have to act quickly.
In case of fever, therefore, a visit to the veterinarian is required. In the meantime, make sure your dog gets enough hydration by encouraging it to drink. If the temperature rise is moderate, wipe a wet towel over its head and the rest of the body, and then dry it with a clean, dry towel.
If the fever is high, give it a cool bath for up to 10 minutes. Dry thoroughly with a towel and then with a hairdryer. You can also place ice cubes under your hind legs to lower your body temperature.
In any case, it is important that your dog is examined by the veterinarian. The doctor will carry out further examinations to find the source of the fever and to prescribe the necessary care and treatment according to the nature of the illness. Finally, be aware that rectal temperature measurements should not be too frequent not to irritate the anus of your dog. Do not do it more than 2 times a day.