What is a normal temperature in dogs?

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Dr. Debra – what is a normal body temperature in a dog? Is it the same as a cat?


Sarah M.


Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote asking what is a normal temperature in a dog. A normal rectal temperature in a cat is considered to be around 100° Fahrenheit to about 102° Fahrenheit. You will read slightly different normal for different animals but that is about it. Yes, the normal temperature in a dog is about the same as a cat.

An article that might be helpful to you is What Is Normal in Dogs? This article goes through a normal heart rate, temperature and respiratory rate in a dog. Another article that might be helpful is – How to take your dogs temperature.

Best of luck on your project!

Dr. Debra

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