Fever In Dogs

Fever is not an illness, rather, it is just one symptom of an infection or inflammatory process that the body is trying to combat. The body temperature of dogs with fever are higher than normal which is 101-102.5F. If your dog has fever, never give human medications to your pet without consulting a veterinarian because there are medications that contain active ingredients that are toxic to dogs. Fever in dogs is often accompanied by lethargy, coughing, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, nasal discharge, and other symptoms. The dog’s appetite will also be affected as he tends to just sniff at his food and walk away. You may first suspect that your dog is running a fever when his ears and stomach feels very warm to your touch. You can confirm the presence of a fever by inserting a digital rectal thermometer in the dog’s anus. Before inserting the thermometer, coat the tip with petroleum gel. Insert only about one inch of the thermometer inside the anus. If your dog’s temperature is higher than normal, call your vet clinic Newmarket, ON immediately. 


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