Taking a Temperature

Place some type of lubrication on the thermometer before inserting it into the rectum. In this case, petroleum jelly is being used. Other suggestions include KY jelly or mineral oil.


Gently insert the lubricated thermometer 1-2 inches into the rectum. Do not force the thermometer into the rectum. If significant resistance is felt, allow the dog to relax and try again.


Leave the thermometer in the rectum for 1-2 minutes. Remove the thermometer and read the temperature immediately. Compare the temperature with the numbers found on page A560. A video of this procedure is found below. 


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