Causes Of Increased Body Temperature In Dogs

There are several causes of increased body temperature in dogs, and it’s not always fever. Dogs suffering from inflammatory conditions or infections develop a fever which is a result of the body’s effort to try to fight off the infection. Infection may be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Other potential causes of fever in dogs include the following:

  • Post-vaccination response — A mild fever usually lasts for up to 48 hours after vaccination. The fever is brought about by the response of the dog’s immune system to the vaccine. 
  • Poisoning or toxicity — Ingestion of toxic chemicals, certain medications, and foodstuffs that are unfit for dogs can cause fever. 
  • Heat stroke --A dog that is exposed to very hot environmental temperatures or has engaged in physical activity during a hot summer day can develop heatstroke, one symptom of which, is an increase in the body temperature. 

A dog with fever should be brought to the attention of a veterinarian Thorold, ON. 


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