What Temperature Should Your Pet’s Thermometer Read?

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Just like your children, your pets have health needs too.  From diet, to environment, to temperature, they need to have specific needs met in order to maintain a healthy living.

But we live with a diverse set of pets.  Some are reptiles, some are amphibians, some are mammals, and some are even insects and arachnids.  But aside from this diverse animal kingdom that we willingly co-exist with, we’re still their overlords, and they depend on us.

But caring for anything isn’t easy.  It requires patience, resources, and most importantly, knowledge.  So while dealing with your pets, it’s great practice to be able to quickly identify when he or she may not be feeling so well.  And not only identify it, but know how to treat your family friend.  So to help you, here’s the preferred temperature for many common household pets.

Healthy Body Temperature for Dogs – 101°F – 102.5°F

healthy body temp for dogs

For as often as dogs are in our home, many people have no clue what a healthy body temperature is for a dog.  And if you’re unsure, but you’re trying to get a reading on their temperature with this pet thermometer, then you could be misguided.  You might think a reading of 98°F is a healthy reading.  But if that’s the temp you scored, then you should really be concerned and quickly take your pup to the vet.

Healthy Body Temperature for Cats – 99°F – 102.5°F

healthy body temp for cat

Cats fall in the same category as a dog.  Which probably makes sense.  They are both furry mammals.  And there’s really no other difference…

And if you believe that sentiment, then you probably aren’t interested in scientific data.  Which means you should just scroll up to the little “x” in the upper right hand window and shut down this web site.

But aside from cognitive prejudices, cats can handle a slightly lower body temperature compared to dogs.  But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep a keen eye on their activity.  If they appear to be lethargic and aloof, then there’s a good chance something is wrong with them.  And the best place to start for diagnosis is with their internal body temperature.  And if you’re looking for the most accurate temperature, a probe thermometer will give the best results.  But, after reading that, we won’t judge you if your love for your feline friend wanes a little bit.

Healthy Body Temperature for Bearded Dragons – 95°F – 102.5°F

bearded dragon body temperature

No.  A bearded dragon isn’t your typical house pet.  And if you have a bearded dragon, you may find that you’ve begun to receive odd looks at the post office when your weekly supply of crickets comes in the mail.  But regardless of this hassle, that’s not to suggest they should be loved any less.  And your love can begin from noticing when their behavior seems a little off.

In their behavior seems off, then you should be able to use an infrared thermometer.  And using on of these no contact, infrared thermometers may be a lot easier than on a cat or dog.  And that’s because the hair on a cat or dog can often interfere with readings.  But with just some satin finished scales, you should have an easier time getting accurate readings.

Healthy Habitat Temperature for Leopard Geckos – 74°F – 90°F

healthy temp leopard gecko

Leopard geckos are affectionate and mild.  So it may be difficult to detect any malaise and catawampus sensations.  But if you’re a good pet owner, then you’ll provide enough attention to your leo, that you should be able to notice when the are and are not feeling their normal selves.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to dig up a healthy temperature range for a leo’s body.  But what I was able to find is that their habitat needs a temperature range between 74°F – 90 °F.  This is a wide range.  So it’s good to know that it’s best to have a “hot zone” and a “cold zone” in the leopard gecko’s terrarium.  And to help you keep an eye on it’s habitat, here’s a terrarium thermometer that will assist you in your leopard gecko care keeping.

Healthy Body Temperature for Ferrets – 99°F – 104°F

healthy body temperature for ferrets

Ferrets are terrible house pets.  They poop chronically, the smell like used kitty liter, and they’ll fight like hell to live outside of their cage.  But aside from these cute little caveats, ferrets are still a terrible pet.

But there are still enough people that look past these deficiencies, to allows these creatures in their home.  And if you’re one of these persons, then you should know that your ferret’s healthy body temperatures are between 99°F and 104°F.  But it’ll be difficult recognizing any unusual behavior with a ferret.  Because they are unusual to begin with.

Healthy Body Temperature for Pot Belly Pigs – 98°F – 101°F

healthy body temp for pot belly pig

Look at this friggin’ thing.  It just looks sick.  If I had this thing plopping around my house, I’d rush it to the morgue.  But I understand that some people may find it to be cute and cuddly.  And I’m sure those people are single, with more empty soda cartons laying around their sty than friends.

But if one of these things is inhabiting your home, then you’d be best advised that their healthy body temperatures is 98°F – 101°F.  So although pot belly pigs always look sick, if you’re a great owner, then you’ll know when little Porky is in need of having his temperature checked.

Healthy Body Temperature for kangaroos – 97°F 

healthy body temp for kangaroos

Just in case you were wondering, the healthy body temperature for a kangaroo is 97°F.  But before you consider a kangaroo for a pet, check out this video:

Healthy Body Temperature for Dolphins – 97°F-

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healthy body temperature for kangaroos

Just in case you’re a marine biologist, or harbor aquatic mammals in your domestic bathtub, you might want to know that the healthy body temperatures for dolphins is the dame as humans: 98°F.  But how are you going to take their temperature?  Well, if they cooperate, you could use an infrared thermometer.  But they’d have to float near the surface.

Another method would be to consider a probe thermometer.  But you could probably apply it to their blow hole.  But again, this all depends on their cooperation.  And if you are the dolphin whisperer, then you might be able to get them to cooperate.

Healthy Living Temperature for Tarantulas – 70°F – 75°F

healthy body temperature for a tarantula

Like the leopard gecko, there’s not a lot of data on the optimal internal body temperature for a tarantula.  However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t lunatics keeping them for pets.  And if you’re one of the nut jobs, then it’ll serve you well to know that temperatures between 70°F – 75°F will be the optimal temperature for their habitat.

And truthfully, I’m not really sure how you could take their temperature with anything other than a no contact infrared temp gun.

 

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