Just as any other family member, you should be aware of your pet’s normal temperature and heart rate. If your companion’s temperature ever exceeds 103ºF, you should call the center promptly for advice. Fevers above 106ºF should be treated as emergencies and treated immediately.

Guidelines for Your Pet’s Health

  • Dog’s Normal Temperature: 100ºF to 102.5ºF
  • Dog’s Resting Heart-rate: 80-160 BPM
  • Cat’s Normal Temperature: 100ºF to 102.5ºF
  • Cat’s Resting Heart-rate: 120-180 BPM

High Temperature

Signs of an elevated temperature vary greatly and may include lethargy, restless panting, depressed mood, shivering, loss of appetite, coughing, and even vomiting. A variety of illnesses or conditions including infections, toxins, as well as recent vaccinations may cause your pet to run a fever. Place a cool towel over your pet and give us a call.

Low Temperature

Low temperatures, or hypothermia, can be life threatening to your pet. Signs of low temperature can include slow and shallow respiration, slowed heart rate, and violent shivering. If their body temperature becomes too low, dogs and cats are unable to return their body temperature to a normal range without treatment.

Warm your pet up carefully, and do not use a heating pad. Try filling soft bottles of water with luke-warm water and placing them alongside your pet until their temperature returns to normal. If your pet is wet, hair-dryers on a low setting may also be helpful. Give us a call and we can further advise you.


Also known as hyperthermia, this condition can be fatal for your pet and requires urgent emergency treatment. Heatstroke occurs when normal cooling mechanisms are unable to keep bodily temperature within a safe range. Some signs of heatstroke include rapid panting, bright red tongue, dizziness, shock, and even coma.

Call us immediately if you suspect heatstroke. Promptly remove the pet from the hot area and lower their temperature by wetting them with cool water, or lukewarm water for smaller dogs and cats. Never use very cold water as this can cause other life-threatening conditions! Even if your pet appears to be recovering, bring them to the clinic as soon as possible as other complications may arise.

Never leave your pet in a car on a warm day! Even on a 60-degree day the temperature inside a car can climb rapidly.