How to Take Your Puppy’s Temperature

Puppies are sweet and cuddly addition to any family, but they’re also fragile creatures who may need their owner’s help at times. One way we can do that is by learning to take their temperature with a thermometer. Here’s everything you need to know to make sure your puppy is safe, healthy, and happy!

Having the right information can help save your puppy’s life.

Having the right information can help save your puppy’s life.

When a dog has a high temperature, it means their body is fighting off an infection. If your dog has a low temperature, it could mean that they’re not as healthy or active as usual—or that there’s something wrong with them (like being sick).

Why is my puppy hot?

Puppies can have fevers for many different reasons. Fever is your puppy’s body’s way of fighting an infection; it’s not the same as a cold.

Fever can be dangerous for puppies because they don’t have the same immune systems as adult dogs, so they’re more susceptible to complications from infections and other illnesses.

A fever isn’t just an indication that your pup is sick—it’s also a sign of how serious their illness is. If you notice that your puppy has a fever and he doesn’t seem very sick, or if you’ve already been treating him but his temperature hasn’t gone down yet (even though he seems better), call your vet right away!

How do you check a dogs temperature?

The most accurate way to measure a dog’s body temperature is rectally. You should use a thermometer that is specifically for dogs—these are available at pet stores and online, or you can ask your vet for one.

To take an accurate reading, check the temperature in the morning (before they’ve eaten or played) and after they’ve been resting for at least five minutes.

What’s considered a fever in dogs?

While it’s normal for dogs to have a body temperature that ranges from 101 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit, anything above that is considered a fever. A fever is not necessarily an indication of an illness; it just means your pup’s immune system is working hard to fight off an infection or disease.

If you notice your dog has a fever, don’t panic—you’re probably overreacting! While fevers in humans can be serious and require medical attention, most canine fevers can be treated at home with TLC (tender loving care) and plenty of rest.

Do different dog breeds have different normal temperatures?

Yes! It’s important to know that not all dog breeds have the same normal temperature. For instance, bloodhounds have a “normal” temperature that’s lower than humans or other dogs. In fact, it’s often around 100 degrees Fahrenheit less than what humans and other dogs would consider their “normal” temperatures. That means if you take your bloodhound for a walk on a hot day and he gets hot, it won’t be because he’s sick—it’ll just be because his body is designed to run cool in general.

Some breeds of dog also have higher normal temperatures than humans do (for example, German shepherds tend to have higher average body temperatures), while others are closer in range to ours (such as bulldogs).

What should I do if my dog’s temperature is too high or too low?

If you’ve taken your dog’s temperature and it’s too high or too low, you should call a vet immediately. This can be an indication of a serious illness or injury. If your dog’s temperature is normal, great! You may want to schedule an appointment with the vet for a general checkup just to be safe and make sure everything else is healthy as well.


If you’re worried about your puppy’s temperature, just take a minute to gather all the information we’ve given you here, and it’ll help a lot! And remember you can always call us—we are ready to help.