Many pets are microchipped, so if lost they can be scanned and hopefully reunited with their owners. Although there is new technology that allows veterinarians to be able to take a pet’s temperature by scanning the chip!
The normal body temperature for a dog is 101°F to 102.5°F, and for cats it is 99.5°F to 102.5°F. There are some conditions, which can cause a pet’s body temperature to become elevated, and they should be seen immediately.
The two main conditions that a veterinarian is checking for with the microchip temperature is fever or hyperthermia. Fevers are typically caused by an infection or inflammation. Hyperthermia occurs when a pet’s body temperature is higher than normal. It is usually triggered by hot conditions or strenuous exercise.
Previously, the only way for to take a pet’s temperature was rectally. Not all pets were agreeable to this method. Now, being able to scan a microchip and get a temperature reading will help your veterinarian get a better grasp of your pet’s health!
Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.