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my dog temp is 99.3 normal 101, I have a hairless american

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my dog temp is 99.3 normal 101, I have a hairless american terrier, she is acting ok should i be concerned
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 6 years ago.

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Hi JACustomer,

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Thank you for your question about Reese.

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Why did you take his temperature? Was he acting sick?

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What kind of thermometer did you use?

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Is Reese spayed?

JACUSTOMER-cefi4321- :

dig thermometer

JACUSTOMER-cefi4321- :

spayed yes

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DId you take her rectal temperature? If she is acting normal, and not pregnant (99 is a normal rectal temp for a dog about to have puppies!), then I suspect a problem with your thermometer. Unless you have an ear thermometer made for dogs, and know how to use it (which is not that easy; dogs have much longer ear canals than humans and the thermometer has to "see" the ear drum.

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So if you don't have a dog ear thermometer, you have to hold a rectal thermometer inside the anus about 1/2 to 1 once, for about 30 seconds.

JACUSTOMER-cefi4321- :

rectal

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How long did you hold it in, and how far?

JACUSTOMER-cefi4321- :

until it beeped

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Why did you take her temp; is she sick?

JACUSTOMER-cefi4321- :

sick look in eye shaking like cold

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If it was not in far enough, it would beep but give you a lower than normal reading. That happens to me at the office every day with wiggly puppies that won't let me hold the thermometer in far enough the whole time, and I get falsely low temps.

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I would try it again, holding it in a little farther. If you were just inside the anus, you did not get an accurate reading. If anything, with the symptoms you describe, I would expect a higher than normal reading.

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Low temps of 99 usually mean a dog is about to have puppies (not your problem), is in kidney failure, or is severely dehyrated for some other reason than kidney disease.

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I don't think any of these are Reese's problem.

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If she is eating, drinking, and playful, she may just have an allergy, or a mild "cold".

JACUSTOMER-cefi4321- :

is there anyother things i should look for

Rebeccavet :

Thick discharge from the nose, bloody discharge from the nose, not eating would be reasons to call Reese's veterinarian.

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Vomiting or diarrhea that does not clear up on its on in a day or so.

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Any more questions for me?

JACUSTOMER-cefi4321- :

no

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Good luck with Reese, and hope I was helpful