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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Do You Know? Do You Have?

Do you know what a dog's normal temperature should be???? Lately I've come across more dog owners that do not. Do you have a thermometer just for taking your dog's temperature ... bet you don't!

It's a cheap way of knowing some of the 1st signs if your dog is not well and it should be one of the tools you have in your First Aid Kit for your dog. A temperature too high, signs of infection, somewhere, too low your dog may be going into shock, be dehydrated ... low temperature usually means the dog's body is trying to keep the vital organs safe & warm for some reason.
So what is normal? It's 101.5 F or 38.6C. Too high starts around 102.5 F or 39.1 C. On the low side 100.5 or 38.0 C. Both these high and lows are usually seen when the dog is exhibiting other signs.

If you don't have a thermometer just for your dog, I strongly suggest if you're reading this you consider a stop at a drug store in the near future. You can pick simple ones up for $10.00 - $12.00. I personally like the digital beep ones with the soft tips
Just as of today (which is prompting me to write this), one family has visited 6 different drug stores and none can be found! Why? the stores can't keep them in stock with the H1N1 flu we are experiencing!

How do you take their temperature ? ... it's done rectally just as you would with a young child.
Now that you know ... go and practise too. Find out over several weeks what your dog's normal temperature is.


Cool Design Shelties November 26, 2009 at 5:18 PM  

Good suggestion, because there are many which doesn't have a thermometer as you wrote! I can hug oneself....I have three thermometer, one for myself and two for the dogs ;o))

Happy Thanksgiving for you and your family and all the dogs :o)


Linda November 26, 2009 at 7:46 PM  

Great suggestion for people with dogs, I have one for my dogs and one for us. I have the old fashioned kind with mercury inside that tells the temp. but I will invest in the other kind. How are the puppies doing?

Shelamo Shelties November 27, 2009 at 8:57 AM  

Bente, I bet you have them in different places in your house, like I do!

Here in Canada we had our TG a few weeks ago, the US is this weekend, hopefully there's will be as good as our family one.

Shelamo Shelties November 27, 2009 at 9:00 AM  

Hi Linda .. pups are doing SUPER! They are happy & outgoing. Last nite attached a small wind chime to their pen and they dingled & then barked at it all evening. They are coming 6 wks Saturday, so 1st day for measurements, however I'm sure the blue boy will go over 16".


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