If you are looking for a dog thermometer for your dog, there are many new features and designs available. Finding the right dog thermometer won't be a chore if you follow these tips while shopping!Features to Consider in a Dog Thermometer Type (rectal, ear)
Technology (memory, comfort flex tip)
Ability to clean
Ease of use
Desirable Features in a Dog Thermometer
Flexible tip, soft material for rectal use
Probe designed for animals (ear)
Easy to clean
Easy to use
Memory of last temperature reading
Disposable tip covers
Features to Avoid in a Dog Thermometer
Mercury or glass thermometers.
Fever alarms, since most are designed for human temperature range, not pets.
Ideal Dog Thermometer Choice
An ideal dog thermometer choice is a fast, accurate, digital thermometer with a memory feature. If choosing a rectal thermometer, a thermometer with a flexible comfort tip and a reading within 8 to 30 seconds is ideal. If choosing an ear thermometer, an ideal choice is a probe designed for animals with an accuracy guarantee and a long life battery.
Shopping & Safety Tips for Buying a Dog Thermometer
Look for comfort flex materials.
Look for fast, accurate digital displays.
Consider ease of use and battery life.
Choose ear or rectal type based on frequency of use and your pet's temperament.
Use a lubricant jelly when taking rectal temperatures.
Your pet may resent a rectal temperature, do not attempt if you have risk of being bitten.
Always hold onto the animal and the thermometer securely when attempting to take a temperature; enlist a helper whenever possible.
Only insert the thermometer the recommended distance into the rectum or ear, never force entry.
If using an ear thermometer, temperature readings may read 1 to 2 degrees lower than actual internal temperature.