A Guide to Canine Thermal Imaging

This guide is designed to help clients prepare for their Canine Thermal Imaging appointment. Getting clear images requires a small amount of preparation.

The day before:

Wash and brush dog

Thermal Imaging detects the heat radiated and reflected from your dog, so it's important to ensure their coat is in good condition. Since heavy grooming will increase blood flow to the skin, affecting the dog's thermal profile, it is important to prepare your dog's coat the day before.

  • Wash: If necessary, wash your dog to remove dirt and debris.

  • Brush: Groom out any coat that is shedding and ensure the coat is free from tangles

The day of your appointment:

  • Avoid heavy grooming
  • Complete any minor grooming at least two hours before the appointment.
  • Pack the following items:
dog treats
  • Tasty treats
  • Small towel (to dry any moisture)
  • Umbrella (if raining or very sunny)
  • Collar
  • Leash
  • Poo bags

Arriving to your Appointment:

15mins before appointment
  • Arrive at your appointment at least 15mins early, allowing sufficient time for your dog to acclimatise to the environment before the assessment.
  • Keep your dog as calm as possible.
  • Ensure your dog is dry.
  • Remove any clothing on your dog.
  • Ensure your dog is on a collar and leash.
  • Avoid touching or holding your dog; this includes brushing and patting.
  • Wait in an area out of direct sunlight or wind.


  • Avoid touching/holding/patting your dog.
  • Use treats to help your dog stand in the required position.
  • Images will be taken from the following:
Greyhound themal imaging
  • Left side
  • Front
  • Right side
  • Back
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