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What’s a Dog’s Normal Temperature?

December 31, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Fevers, Dog Symptoms, Ear Thermometers for Pets, General Dog Health, Pet Products, Taking a Dog's Temperature

Pet Temp Instant Ear Thermometer. Available for $49.99 at PetSmart. Click photo to learn more or purchase.

If a pet owner is wondering, ‘Is my dog sick?” one of the first steps is to take the dog’s temperature. But many dog owners don’t know what’s a normal temperature for a dog. So if you’re wondering, “What is a normal temperature in a dog?” read on!

What’s a Normal Temperature for a Dog? – Dog Fevers vs. Normal

A dog’s normal body temperature is much higher than a human’s – 100.5º to 102.5º Fahrenheit is a normal dog temperature when the reading is taken rectally.

Pet owners can also take a dog’s temperature using an ear thermometer. While, pet ear thermometers are much easier to use (and they’re versatile, since they can be used for dogs, cats, and small animals too), readings do tend to be a bit less precise. So if using a pet ear thermometer, the dog’s normal range is between 100º and 103º Fahrenheit.

Whatever the method, a dog’s temperature is below 100º or above 103º, it’s time to visit the veterinary clinic for an exam. A dog with a fever may be sick with a virus, or he may be suffering from an infection or any number of other ailments. Illnesses and medical conditions (i.e. a disease affecting the circulatory system) can cause the dog to have a temperature that’s lower than normal.

What’s a Dog’s Normal Temp? – Determining a Dog’s Temperature Baseline

Unfortunately, this normal temperature range in dogs can complicate matters. If a dog’s normal temperature is 100.5º, then a temperature of 102.5º may mean that this dog is sick. In other dogs, 102.5º is normal. Unlike humans, “normal” varies among individuals.

For this reason, it’s important to determine the dog’s baseline when he’s healthy. Take the dog’s temperature at various points during the day over the course of several days. Once a couple dozen temperature readings have been taken, calculate the average to determine the dog’s baseline.

To ensure accurate readings, avoid taking the dog’s temperature after exercise (the temperature will be higher than normal) and avoid taking the dog’s temperature after sleeping (the dog’s body temperature is lower than normal during and immediately following sleep.)

(Pictured: Pet Temp Instant Ear Thermometer, $49.99 at PetSmart. Click photo to learn more or purchase.)

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Pets and a New Baby – Baby Sounds CD for Dogs and Cats

December 30, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Baby Sounds for Pets CD, Dog Training and Behavior, Pet Products, Prepare Dogs for a New Baby

Prepare Cats and Dogs for a New Baby With a Baby Sounds for Pets CD ($19.95). Click to Purchase or Learn More. Scroll Down to Preview or Download on iTunes

Bringing a new baby home can be a traumatic experience for a dog or cat. Not only is there a new family member in the household, but this new family member is loud and she occupies nearly all of mom’s and dad’s time!

Helping a dog adjust to a new baby can be difficult, but I’ve found a new tool that’s worked wonders for cats and dogs living with a new baby!

Baby Sounds for Pets CD – Help Dogs and Cats Adjust to a New Baby

Baby Sounds for Pets is a CD for dogs and cats (though birds, potbellied pigs, rabbits and other household pets could benefit from this as well!) This pet CD features baby sounds – crying, cooing, even a temper tantrum! Soon-to-be parents can play this CD during the weeks and months leading up to the baby’s birth to help their dogs, cats and other pets adjust to the sounds of a child.

To understand why cats and dogs get upset when a new baby arrives, it’s important for the pet owner to put him/herself in the animal’s shoes, so to speak. Dogs and cats have an extremely acute sense of hearing that’s many times more sensitive than a human’s. Imagine how frightening and uncomfortable a baby’s cries can be for the dog! Not only is it a new sound, but it’s very loud. And these new, loud, frightening sounds are inescapable, invading the dog’s comfort zone – his home!

This pet CD will help acclimate the dog to the sounds of a baby, eliminating some of the fear associated with the new experience of having a baby in the home.

How to Use a Baby Sounds CD for Dogs and Other Pets

I’ve developed some great techniques for using this baby sounds CD with my dog training clients. I recommend the following desensitization dog training measures to help prepare a dog for baby’s arrival.

  • Start out with a very low volume and then raise the volume gradually (though this baby sounds recording features some automatic volume adjustment in the actual recording  – the cooing sounds are much softer than the tantrums!)
  • Play the baby sounds CD in the baby’s bedroom first.
  • Play the pet CD in your own bedroom and in other locations where the baby will spend time (i.e. the living room).
  • Take a car ride with the baby sounds CD playing if you plan on riding in the car with the dog and baby.
  • Offer praise and treats to the dog when you first turn on the baby sounds CD and then periodically as the CD is playing (especially during potentially upsetting sounds, like crying or a tantrum.)  Offer positive feedback that the dog will come to associate with the sounds of the baby. This will, in essence, train the dog to associate baby sounds with good things (i.e. treats and praise.)

You should use the Baby Sounds for Pets CD as background noise or in conjunction with other sounds. Don’t shut off the TV, your music and halt all discussion – the point is to create a realistic sound atmosphere for the dogs and cats. Another benefit? Parents and siblings can adjust to the sounds of a baby as well!

Baby Sounds for Pets Preview and Music Downloads

Baby Sounds for Pets is currently available on iTunes, so you can preview and purchase individual baby sounds. The following baby sounds can be downloaded for $.99 each on iTunes or previewed:

* Baby Cooing and Gurgling Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Cooing/Gurgling

* Sounds of Baby Crying Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Crying

* Baby Laughter Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Laughter

* Baby Talk Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Talk

* Sounds of Baby Temper Tantrum Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Baby Temper Tantrum

• Sounds of Baby’s Nursery Kristen Overdurf-Abud - Baby Sounds for Pets - Nursery

You can download the entire album Baby Sounds for Pets for $6.93 on iTunes.

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