Tips on Taking a Dog’s Temperature with a Human Thermometer

Is your dog showing some worrying health signs? Is he looking lethargic and not eating as he usually would? One important step you should take is to get your dog’s temperature but can this be done with a human thermometer? Well, it’s possible and even better if you have a digital thermometer at home.

Don’t Try to Take the Temperature from the Mouth

First off, don’t try to get your dog’s temperature by inserting the thermometer into his mouth. Your dog probably won’t like it and will put on quite a struggle. This will make it difficult for you to get a proper temperature reading. There’s also a risk of you getting bitten if you try to get the dog’s temperature via the mouth.

Get the Dog’s Rectal Temperature

Rectal thermometers are highly recommended for getting a dog’s temperature. It will most likely need to be a two-person job. Before gently inserting it into your dog’s back-end, make sure the thermometer is properly lubricated. We suggest using products like petroleum jelly or other safe water-based lubricants. If the dog’s rectal temperature is higher than 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit then this is probably enough cause for a visit to the vet.

Getting the Dog’s Armpit Temperature

If it’s too much of a struggle to get your dog’s rectal temperature then you could try using the human thermometer under the dog’s armpit. It’s a low-stress experience for the dog but you will need to keep in mind that it may not yield the most accurate results.

Make Sure to Disinfect the Thermometer

For obvious reasons, you want to make sure the human thermometer is properly disinfected before and after it is used on the dog. This will prevent any infections and bacteria from being passed between your dog and members of the household that may also use the thermometer. Ideally, you should have a separate thermometer that only your dog would use.

Disclaimer: The content on is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.

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