What Is The Normal Dog Temperatures   

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While slightly variable by breed and age, the normal dog temperature range falls between 100-102.5°F on average


Digital rectal reading for at least 60 seconds provides the most precise measure of internal body temperature.  

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Sustained temperatures over 103°F indicate fever requiring medical attention to diagnose infection or inflammation-related illness.   


Temperatures below 99°F similarly warrant evaluation for hypothermia, low blood sugar, kidney problems or concerning conditions causing metabolic changes.   

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Vet exam nerves may elevate temperatures up to 103°F normally. However, readings over 104°F still suggest preliminary illness even in anxious pets.


Sudden unexplained dog temperature spikes sometimes manifest in conjunction with rapid weight loss signaling possible cancer diagnoses.   

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Establishing baseline healthy temperatures during annual checkups aids future monitoring and faster intervention when abnormal readings appear.

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