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Normal Rectal Temperature Ranges

By Susan E. Fielder, DVM, MS, DACVP (Clinical Pathology), Oklahoma State University

Normal Rectal Temperature Ranges

Species

°C

°F

Cattle

Beef cow

36.7–39.1

98.0–102.4

Dairy cow

38.0–39.3

100.4–102.8

Cat

38.1–39.2

100.5–102.5

Chicken (daylight)

40.6–43.0

105.0–109.4

Dog

37.9–39.9

100.2–103.8

Goat

38.5–39.7

101.3–103.5

Horse

Mare

37.3–38.2

99.1–100.8

Stallion

37.2–38.1

99.0–100.6

Pig

38.7–39.8

101.6–103.6

Rabbit

38.6–40.1

101.5–104.2

Sheep

38.3–39.9

100.9–103.8

Adapted from Robertshaw D. Temperature Regulation and Thermal Environment, in Dukes' Physiology of Domestic Animals, 12th ed., Reece WO, Ed. Copyright 2004 by Cornell University.

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