101.0 F (+ or – 0.5 degrees)

Question:

I’m curious as to the normal body temperature of a dog.

 

Dr. Nichol:

101.0 degrees Fahrenheit plus or minus 0.5 degree is the official answer, but 100 to 102 is fine. REALLY excited, but normal, dogs can sport rectal temperatures of 103.5. Forget using ear thermometers, though. It will annoy your dog and the darn things don’t even play music.