Does Your Dog Have A Fever?
By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
It is a common myth that you can tell if a dog has a fever by touching their nose and seeing if it is warm and dry. Dogs run warmer than humans, but the best way to identify if your pet is running a fever is by taking their body temperature. If your dog’s temperature goes up to 103°F or higher, it indicates it is ill. Fever is often a sign that something is wrong and needs attention. Recognizing fever symptoms in a dog can help address the underlying condition and make your pet feel healthier and comfortable again.
What are fever symptoms in dogs?
Signs of a fever in dogs range from subtle to more easily noticeable. The following symptoms of fever that pet parents need to look out for are:
How long should your dog’s fever last?
The duration of a dog’s fever depends on the underlying cause and can vary greatly. But if the fever lasts more than 24 hours, it is recommended that you bring your pet to the vet right away.
How can you check your dog for a fever?
Dogs with a fever may feel warm to the touch. But without taking their body temperature, it is not easy. A rectal temperature reading with a thermometer is the most accurate way to assess a dog's overall body temperature.
It is best to use a rectal digital electronic thermometer that gives results in less than a minute. To take your dog’s temperature, follow these steps:
What causes a fever in dogs?
Your veterinarian will perform an exam and run tests to help determine the cause of your dog’s fever. A fever can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions, including:
How do you treat a dog’s fever?
While it is essential to get to the bottom of what is causing the fever and treat the illness, pet parents can perform first aid at home. Follow these steps to make your pet more comfortable:
When should you see a vet about a dog’s fever?
A dog’s normal temperature ranges from 101°F to 102.5°F. Call your veterinarian if the temperature reads above 103°F or if the fever lasts more than 24 hours. A temperature of 106°F can be life-threatening and requires immediate attention.
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