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Our question this week was:
Dr. Debra – What is a normal temperature using an ear thermometer on my dog? Is it the same as a rectal temperature?
Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote asking “What is a normal temperature using an ear thermometer on my dog?”. Generally, we believe that an ear temperature is one degree lower than a rectal temperature. If a normal rectal temperature in a dog is roughly 100 to 102 degrees F. then a normal ear temperature would be approximately 99 to 101 degrees F.
An article that might be helpful to you is How to Take Your Dog’s Temperature? Also – this article – What Is Normal in Dogs? may be useful as it gives you information on the normal heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, and gum color in dogs.
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