A dogs temperature is usually 38 to 39.2°C, but the table shows what other ranges of temperature could mean:
|Degrees Centigrade (°C)||Degrees Fahrenheit (°F)||Possible Cause|
|36.6||98||Hypothermia - keep your dog warm|
|38 - 39.2||100.5 - 102.5||Normal temperature|
|41.1||106||Heatstroke - cool down immediately
A dog's body temperature is usually measured using a rectal thermometer and can vary between 37.2°C to 39.2°. This can be dependent on a number of reasons; emotional state, level of activity, environment and even time of day.
But temperatures outside these values do not automatically indicate that a disease or a disorder is present.
However if your dog's temperature drops below 37.2°C (99°F), or rises above 40°C (104°F), then this is cause for concern and you should contact your vet immediately.
Dogs do not have sweat glands, other than on their footpads, they have to pant in order to reduce their body temperature. However panting would not help in reducing the dog's temperature if it is suffering from heatstroke.
What you should do:
Remove your dog from direct sunlight and establish a good flow of air around the dog - use an elctric fan if possible.
The dog should not be immersed in ice or ice-cold water. To decrease the dog's temperature use cool water and damp cloths or a spray bottle if available, particularly under the
front armpits, the groin and the flanks.
When the dog's temperature has decreased to 39°C (103°F) or below, take the dog to the vet as soon as possible, so
that the core body temperature can be assessed and veterinary treatment given.
Never leave your dog in a car on hot day. This link is to an article which provides more information (opens in a new page).
Also watch this video from the Kennel Club.
Here is a short video of how to take your dogs temperature: