Can I take my dog's temperature with an infrared thermometer?

Table of contents:

  1. Can I take my dog's temperature with an infrared thermometer?
  2. How do vets take temperature?
  3. How do you check a dog's temperature with an infrared thermometer?
  4. Do dogs feet get cold?
  5. What does it mean when a dog's feet are cold?

Can I take my dog's temperature with an infrared thermometer?

Background: Non-contact infrared thermometers (NCIT) provide a quick, hands off method of monitoring patients' body temperature. ... Conclusion: The animal specific NCIT devices do not accurately report body temperature in cats or dogs, so their use in clinical situations cannot be recommended.

How do vets take temperature?

There are 3 main methods for getting a pet's body temperature: Rectally with a mercury or digital thermometer. Axillary (pit of the front legs) with mercury or digital thermometer. Ear with an infra-red thermometer.

How do you check a dog's temperature with an infrared thermometer?

Insert the thermometer from one to three inches, depending on the size of your dog and hold it in place for at least two minutes. After you remove the thermometer, wipe it clean and read the temperature by the height of the silver column of mercury on the thermometer scale.

Do dogs feet get cold?

Less heat is lost from the body through the paws because the blood in the arteries is cooler when it gets to the paws. Similarly, your dog's body is not cooled from the paws because the cold blood from the paws is warmed up as it travels to the heart. This helps conserve heat and prevent heat loss.

What does it mean when a dog's feet are cold?

Blood Circulation – Cold paws can be an indication that there is a lack of blood flow to the dog's legs, which may be caused by a blood clot or problems with the heart. ... These will keep your dog's paws dry and warm and protect them from any chemicals or salt on the ground during Winter.