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How to control your Puppy’s temperature



Your puppies temperature refers to the body’s warmth as measured by a thermometer. A puppy’s normal temperature is few degrees lower than that of an adult dog until the age of four weeks. Learn how to take a puppy’s temperature and when to be concerned about it being high or low.

Fever in Puppies

Temperatures higher than normal are referred to as a fever. Fever is the body’s normal defense mechanism to fight infection because a higher than normal body temperature helps fight viruses and bacteria.

Fevers associated with infection may be caused by a wide variety of illnesses, such as parvovirus and distemper. Skin infections from a bite wound that causes an abscess or hotspot can also prompt a fever.

A higher than normal body temperature can also be due to overheating during exercise or to exposure to high temperatures. Puppies that get sunburned or that suffer from hyperthermia/heat stroke will have an abnormally elevated temperature.

You should seek a veterinarian’s care when your dog’s temperature is 106 F or higher. At that level, a high fever can damage the dog’s internal organs and could even prove to be fatal. You can help reduce a dog’s fever by placing a cool water-soaked washcloth around the dog’s paws and ears. Don’t give your dog any human fever-reducing medications unless directed by your veterinarian.

Normal Body Temperature in Puppies

A newborn puppy can’t regulate body temperature and needs the warmth of its mother and littermates to stay at a stable temperature. The normal temperature for a newborn pup is between 95 to 99 F. A temperature lower than 92 or higher than 106 F can indicate a health problem.

During the second and third weeks, a puppy’s body temperature will range from 97 to 100 degrees. In the fourth week, a puppy will have the usual normal body temperature of an adult dog, from 99.5 to 102.5 degrees

Since normal body temperature varies between individual puppies, it’s a good idea to know what constitutes your puppy’s normal. Taking your puppy’s temperature at home also gets the dog used to being handled so that when the veterinarian does this, your puppy won’t be scared or object to this normal part of her puppy care routine.

Low Body Temperature in Puppies

Hypothermia is body temperature that falls lower than normal. Newborn puppies that squirm away from their littermates or mom can experience a life-threatening drop in body temperature. An orphaned newborn puppy should be kept in an environment of 85 to 90 F for the first few days, 80F until the tenth day, and 72 F after the fourth week.

Shock also can cause hypothermia due to a sudden injury. A fall, being hit by a car, or bite wounds are common causes of shock.

A drop in body temperature also happens with prolonged exposure to extreme cold. Hypothermia can kill puppies quickly if they are not offered protection from cold weather, which also can cause frostbite. If your dog has a low temperature, rewarm you pet slowly over the course of an hour.

How to Take Your Puppy’s Temperature

You will need a human rectal thermometer to get a good reading. Ear temperature is unreliable in dogs and checking the nose is simply an old myth:

  1. Use a rectal thermometer, either digital or bulb, to take your pup’s temperature. Most puppies don’t mind the procedure, but if your dog protests, be gentle and firm to get the job done.
  2. For bulb thermometers, shake down the thermometer until it reads about 96 F. A digital thermometer won’t need this but should be switched on.
  3. Use baby oil, mineral oil or petroleum jelly to lubricate the tip of the thermometer.
  4. Your pup will need to remain still for at least one minute, so allow your dog to choose a comfortable standing or reclining position.
  5. Use one hand and firmly grasp and lift the dog’s tail to expose the anus. Your other hand gently inserts the greased end of the thermometer about one inch into the rectum.
  6. Do not release the thermometer while taking the temperature, or it could fall out, or in some cases be drawn too far into the pup’s anus.
  7. Speak calmly to your pup and offer a chew toy or gently stroke the dog so it won’t wiggle away. After the thermometer remains in place for the specified time, remove it, wipe it clean, and read the temperature.
  8. Clean and disinfect the thermometer after each use with alcohol or a comparable disinfectant.

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How to Choose the Best Dog Bed




With so many dog beds on the market, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Selecting the
right dog bed for the buddy in your life is an important decision – and one which shouldn’t be taken

A great dog bed will last a lifetime, and can hugely improve your dog’s quality of life. But the truth is
that not all dog beds are created equal.

In this post, we will share our top tips for choosing a dog bed that will stand the test of time, support
your dog’s health, and provide a cozy resting place that they’ll just love.

So, let’s get started …


Just like humans, dogs need a comfortable place to rest and sleep. Here are some pointers to help you choose a bed that’s comfortable – and will stay that way:

Match the bed to your dog’s size – Before buying a bed, measure your dog from nose to tail with a tape measure to ensure they’ll have plenty of space to stretch out. For dogs that prefer to curl up, you may want to choose a bed with raised and cushioned edges that cradle your dog and provide security.

Choose a bed constructed from high-quality materials – A good bed should provide adequate cushioning that protects your dog from the hard floor. High-quality modern fabrics retain their shape, preventing the bed from flattening down after regular use.

Consider your dog’s individual needs – If you live in a colder climate, or own a dog that chills easily, a partially enclosed bed will help keep them warm. Many dogs – especially long-haired breeds – have the opposite problem. They tend to overheat, so choose a bed that’s open and made of a material that stays cool, even in summer.


Proper support is very important to your dog’s health. Bigger dogs in particular can suffer from
painful arthritis and joint problems that can shorten their lifespan if left untreated.

As dogs age they become susceptible to joint problems and stiffness in their limbs. The best way to
avoid this is by providing a bed that offers excellent support as early on in your dog’s life as possible.

That’s why orthopedic beds are such a great solution for all canine companions. They’re designed to
support the joints, back, and overall body, keeping your dog fit and healthy. It is important to note that Orthopedic or memory foam dog beds are not just for old dogs. All dogs can benefit from having a pressure free support and it is a great proactive measure since most dogs will end up with joint problems.

The highest quality modern dog beds are made from real visco elastic memory foam which conforms
to your pet’s body and redistributes their weight evenly across the bed. With standard memory
foam, the weight of the animal’s body causes them to sink too far into the bed, causing pressure
points and overheating.

A truly orthopedic bed should provide the following:

  • Excellent support for the whole body
  • Straight spinal alignment
  • Soothing pressure relief


As we mentioned earlier, a high-quality bed will last throughout your dog’s lifetime. Look for top
quality materials that are resistant to abrasion and chewing. Smaller details such as tough stitching
and hidden zippers are signs of craftsmanship and durability.

Cheap dog beds can stain easily and become smelly. When selecting a dog bed, choose a material
that’s resistant to stains and odors. Antibacterial fabrics can considerably extend the lifespan of the
bed. They also help keep your dog safe from allergens and harmful canine skin diseases caused by
mold and bacterial growth.

Other Premium Features to Consider

Waterproof Material – Waterproof material increases the durability and longevity of a dog bed and makes cleaning up easy when accidents happen.
Removable Covers – A high-quality dog bed will rarely need washing, but when you do need to freshen up your dog’s bed, a removable cover will make the job a whole lot easier!

The BuddyRest Difference

BuddyRest orthopedic dog beds are carefully designed and manufactured with the principles of
comfort, support, and durability in mind. We believe they’re the very best orthopedic dog beds
available anywhere, and we’re sure your dog will agree!

But don’t just take our word for it. Visit our homepage to read real verified reviews from some of our
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11 Cute Dog Breeds We Can’t Get Enough Of




  • 01The Cutest Pooches ,There’s really no denying it: We humans don’t deserve doggos. Not only do our furry family members love us unconditionally, but they’re incredibly loyal and affectionate, and their adorable doggy antics can turn a boring, old Monday into the best Monday ever. And, to top it all off, dogs are downright freaking adorable. In honor of our pupper friends, we’ve rounded up the 25 cutest and cuddliest dog breeds out there—from teeny, tiny teacup Pomeranians, to massive Great Pyrenees. Whether you’re having a humdrum workday or just want to add some cute to your day, read on to peep the most adorable dog breeds—and learn some interesting facts about them.
A French Bulldog puppy looking at the camera.
  • 02Pembroke Corgis , White and the entire internet as we know it aren’t the only ones who love Corgis; according to Welsh legend, the fairies and elves residing in Wales loved them, too. Stories of Pembroke Corgispulling fairy coaches, herding fairy cattle and carrying fairy warriors into battle abound in Wales. Don’t believe the tall tales? Check out a Pembroke Corgi’s shoulders the next time you see one. Some say you can still see the marks of a fairy’s saddle around the shoulders of a Pembroke Corgi’s coat. 
A Pembroke Welsch Corgi running in the grass.
  • 03 Golden Retrievers ,Golden Retrievers were originally bred as working dogs, so it should come as no surprise that they absolutely love to have jobs! Because Goldens are hardworking, extremely intelligent, and quick learners, they’re often used as hunting dogs, rescue dogs, and even therapy dogs in hospitals and care facilities. In addition to their admirable work ethics, Golden Retrievers’ incredibly sweet personalities make them the perfect pick for therapy or comfort dogs. They can bring some much needed comfort (and cuddles) to those who have experienced traumatic events or people living in medical care facilities. 
A Golden Retriever wearing a plaid bandana
  • 04 Bernese Mountain ,What’s better than a big, cuddly doggo? A big, cuddly doggo who delivers fresh cheese and bread. Enter: The Bernese Mountain dog. Back in the 1850s, cheese plants started to pop up all over Switzerland, and producers wanted an affordable, easy way to deliver fresh batches. Bernese Mountain dogs, who are known for their incredible strength and intelligence, would pull carts of fresh cheese and bread to buyers at different shops and farms—oftentimes navigating their route entirely on their own. 
  • 05 Siberian Huskies ,Grab your lab coat and get ready for some fascinating biology about Siberian Huskies. These gorgeous canines can run for hours upon hours without stopping or food and without tapping into their bodies’ carbohydrate or fat stores. So, how can they burn so many calories without replenishing? Huskies regulate their metabolisms for extreme performance. Huskies were bred to run long distances in cold, harsh conditions, so it makes sense that their bodies were built for performance. But it’s still pretty amazing, right?
A Siberian Husky with blue eyes.
  • 06 Beagles ,It’s common knowledge that Beagles are A+ hunting dogs, but did you know that their ears can actually improve the performance of their noses? Beagles’ long ears catch scent particles and keep them close to their noses, so they can process as much information as possible while on the hunt. 
A Beagle looking into the camera.
  • 07 Great Pyrenees,Thanks to their massive size but incredibly gentle, nurturing natures, Great Pyrenees were originally used as guard dogs for flocks of sheep. While the shepherd slept, the Great Pyrenees would stand guard overnight. Because Great Pyrenees took the night shift, they’re naturally nocturnal—even today. Many Great Pyrenees puppy parents might find that their dog is most active at night.
A Great Pyrenees puppy.
  • 08 Pomeranians,Today’s Pomeranians have a somewhat “prissy” reputation, but early Pomeranians were originally herding dogs that pulled massive sleds over rough, snowy terrain—if you can believe it. Back then, Pomeranians weighed about 30 pounds and were packed with muscle—a major contrast to today’s petite pooches. Pomeranians were bred to a smaller, lap dog size some time during the 19th century. 
A teacup Pomeranian.
  • 09 Australian Shepherds,Despite their name, Australian Shepherds do not hail from Australia. In fact, it’s commonly believed that they originated in the Basque region of the Pyrenees Mountains, a massive mountain range bordering Spain and France. Because the Basque region of the Pyrenees Mountains is so small, it’s said that shepherds traveled the globe, with their herding dogs in tow, to find more work. They eventually landed in the United States and Australia, hence the name Australian Shepherds!
An Australian Shepherd looking into the camera.
  • 10 Miniature Dachshunds,There’s much debate on the history of hot dogs (yes, really), but some believe they were originally called dachshund sausages—a loving homage to the German Dachshunds. German butchers often kept Dachshunds in their shops, so the theory makes sense, right?
A miniature Dachshund looking into the camera.
  • 11 Samoyeds,Known for their sweet smiles (otherwise referred to as “Sammy smiles”) and massive, fluffy coats, these gorgeous, marshmallow-y dogs aren’t all just good looks—they’re incredibly hardworking, too.Samoyeds were originally bred by the Samoyede people of Persia to pull sleds across harsh, snowy terrain on long hunting expeditions. But according to some historians, Samoyeds were loved by their owners, too—and treated like members of the Samoyede family. 
The profile of a Samoyed dog.
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24 Celebs Who Literally Came To The Rescue For Their Pups




It’s quite common to see our favorite celebrities walking around town with their beloved four-legged BFFs. But did you know that a lot of these celebrities are avid rescuers? Here’s a solid round-up of celebrities that shunned “buying” pups so they could rescue and adopt!

1. Selena Gomez and Baylor

Although Gomez adopted Baylor with her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber, Baylor is now all Gomez’s pup. In fact, Gomez is quite the rescuer–Baylor is her 6th rescue!

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2. Charlize Theron and Tucker

Theron is a huge animal advocate and has been very active in that arena. Theron’s also adopted three other dogs; Tucker is actually her fourth rescue.

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3. Hilary Swank and Karoo and Rumi

Swank is a longtime animal advocate. In fact, she told Petfinder: “I am a really big advocate for speaking up for animals that need to be adopted, and when you think about the statistics, to me, there is no other option but to adopt.” Swank is never without her furbabies and is often seen traveling with her pups to shoot locations.

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4. Jake Gyllenhaal and Boo Radley and Atticus

Both of Gyllenhaal’s dogs are rescues and named after Harper Lee’s iconic characters in To Kill A Mocking Bird. In an interview with Movies Online, Gyllenhaal said that he had a rather distant relationship with animals growing up, but after Brokeback Mountain, he felt like he was ready for a dog.

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5. Zooey Deschanel and Dot and Zelda

As soon as she met Dot, Zooey fell in love with her. When she found out that Dot had a sister, she adopted the sibling as well because she couldn’t bear to separate this sweet sibling pair. Watch Zooey share her awwwdoption story here.

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6. Rachel Bilson and Thurman Murman

Bilson’s famous for adopting multiple dogs throughout the years. (Remember her pup Penny Lane that she adopted with her O.C. co-star/then-boyfriend Adam Brody?) Though Brody and Bilson eventually broke up, (boo!) she continued to share a strong bond with Penny. She also has her current rescue pup Thurman Murman, a grumpy grandog extraordinaire!

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7. Ryan Reynolds and Baxter

Reynolds says he was looking for a pooch for his friend when he quite awwdorably “fell in love” with his now pup. In an interview with ABC News Reynolds said, “I saw this big, dumb-looking Retriever staring up at me…I whispered to him, ‘Hey, let’s get the hell out of here.’ And he jumped up, like he spoke English fluently. He came with me, he jumped in the car, and we’ve been best buddies ever since.”

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8. Jane Lynch and Olivia and Francis

“When I met my dog at an adoption fair, I said ‘Olivia’ and she gave me this look that said, ‘Yeah, whatever lady, just get me out of here!’” Lynch recounted in an interview for Cesar’s Way. Her other dog Francis was an unplanned adoption. While playing with the dogs and cats at a Kinder4Rescue.Org adoption event she came across (what looks like) a Catahoula mix pup. She left without adopting–but then she came right back for him!

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9. Kellan Lutz and Kola and Kevin

This scorching hot guy from Twilight also happens to be a huge animal lover and adoption advocate! (We’re swooning here.) In an exclusive interview with PETA, Lutz recalled the day he met Kola: “I touched her toe and said, ‘Hey, what’s your name?’” He also said, “She spoke to me.” Kevin, his Chihuahua, is also a rescue.

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10. Jon Hamm and Cora

Hamm adopted Cora with his long-time girlfriend Jennifer Westdfeldt. In an interview with Animal Fair, Hamm said, “We went and saw her and fell in love, she’s been in our lives for eight years.”

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11. Emma Stone + Andrew Garfield and Ren

Stone already had a dog when she decided to get Ren with her boyfriend, Andrew Garfield. According to People Pets, they initially fostered the Golden Retriever before falling completely in love and adopting her.

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12. Kristen Bell and Lola and Mr. Shakes

We ALL know how much Bell loves sloths. (Remember that time her husband gifted her a sloth for her birthday and she cried and cried?). Well she absolutely loves dogs as well! Both her dogs are adopted. She even saved her pup Mr. Shakes from being euthanized! You can watch her sweet adoption story here.

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13. Orlando Bloom and Sidi

Bloom rescued Sidi from Morocco when he was filming Kingdom of Heaven in Africa. His Saluki mix pup goes everywhere with Bloom! Watch him talk about his BFF and the meaning behind his pup’s name here.

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14. Simon Cowell and Squiddly and Diddly

Cowell adopted his cute Terriers in late 2013. Turns out he’s quite the animal ruver. I mean, can you even picture Simon freakin’ Cowell talking all things doge and coo-ing over his pups? If you can’t, let me help you a little. You can watch him go all goo goo ga ga on The Ellen Show.

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15. Anne Hathaway and Kenobi

In July of this year, Hathaway added Terrier mix rescue Kenobi to her family. She also has a beautiful Chocolate Lab named Esmerelda.

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16. Bradley Cooper and Samson and Charlotte

Cooper rescued Samson when he saw the German Short-Haired Pointer on a kill-shelter site. He fell in love with 7-year-old Charlotte at an adoption drive. He shared his animal ruv on People Pets: “I lucked out, I got two great rescues…I’m sort of a hybrid of both my dogs. Samson is stoic and makes me earn it and Charlotte loves me undyingly. They’re my kids.” Watch him talk about his pups here.

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17. Miranda Lambert and her SIX Rescues

Lambert rescued three of her dogs from a shelter and found the other three in various places. That’s some true doge love.

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18. Josh Hutcherson and Driver

If he didn’t already melt your heart as Peeta in The Hunger Games, this is going to turn it into one soppy pile of mush. Hutcherson didn’t just rescue any pup, he rescued a Pit Bull puppy that was at the shelter for a 110 days! Talk about a whole lot of heart. Driver was dropped off at a shelter with two toes missing and a broken leg, but was able to get surgery right in time for Hutcherson to take him home. Puppily ever after indeed.

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19. Kaley Cuoco and Shirley, Norman and Ruby.

Cuoco has THREE rescue Pit Bulls as well as her most recent adopted pooch, Ruby. Watch her share stories about her wonderful dogs and their quirks here.

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20. George Clooney and Einstein

Silver fox, actor, humanitarian and all-around movie star, Clooney rescued his dog from a shelter in early 2010. He came across Einstein online. In an interview with Esquire,Clooney recalled, “So I go online and see Einstein. They had a whole film about him. It was actually really sweet. You see him all beat up and shit in the shelter, and they show how they cleaned him up. God, I love this dog. So I called and said, ‘I like Einstein!’”

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21. Amanda Seyfried and Finn

The relationship between Seyfried and her Australian Shepherd rescue is seriously one of the sweetest ones out there (as evidenced by the picture is above). In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres Seyfried said, “He cuddles with me and he listens to me, and he loves me and he looks at me all the time.” He’s also is the quite literally the most famous celebrity pet with his own posse of Twitter followers.

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22. Sandra Bullock and Poppy and Ruby

Bullock actually has three dogs who are all rescues and who all happen to be special needs pooches! Poppy is a tripod, Ruby is a bipod, and Bebe (not pictured) is a Chihuahua with a missing eye. We’re seriously impressed with Miss Congeniality here.

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23. Jennifer Aniston and Dolly and Sophie

Aniston rescued white German Shepherd Dolly in 2006. And she recently rescued a Pit Bull with her fiancé Justin Theroux whom they named Sophie. And in an interview Aniston said, ““We were there (at the shelter) for three hours, and I’m telling you, I…almost [walked] out with three puppies. It’s so hard. That’s why we named her Sophie, because it was Sophie’s Choice. I was crying – it was so hard.” Aniston’s love of dogs is very well known. After all, when Norman (the ruv of her life) passed away in 2011, she got a tattoo of his name in his honor. That’s proof enough that Aniston’s pup love runs deep and strong.

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24. Kelly Clarkson and her Band of Rescue Pups

Besides Clarkson’s pup Joplin (who passed away in 2013) and her other furbabies Bear and Wyatt, Clarkson also cares for around 30 rescue dogs. And that’s not including the horses and pigs and other animals she has essentially adopted. She’s a glowing example of kindness as she used her huge ranch home to help all these animals. In an interview with NME Magazine Clarkson said, “It’s like a rescue ranch now. We have 30 dogs, 14 horses. We still only have three ponies and four minis, but we have goats now, two pigs we rescued called Miss Daisy and Boss Hog, I gave those to my brother.”

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This list was hard to cut short, because there are so many more celebrities doing amazing things for shelter animals. So, while we didn’t include them in the list, we’d like to tip our hats to them for being pawesome!

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