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How To Comfort a Dog With a Fever?

How To Comfort a Dog With a Fever?

Fever is a symptom of illness in both humans and animals and results in an abnormally high temperature. If it is easy to spot it, it should not be neglected in order to better treat it. A sign of the fight against disease, fever can also be beneficial since it helps the body defend itself.

Knowing how to spot symptoms, take your dog’s temperature, reduce Its fever, and make the right decisions can make all the difference in treating fever for your pet.

What Are The Symptoms Of Fever In Dogs?

The dog’s normal temperature is between100.2°F and 102.2°F. Fever Starts from102.2°F and above. A temperature above104°F is a sign that the condition is serious and that your animal must be taken care of quickly.

The symptoms of fever in dogs are many: hot, dry nose, glassy eyes, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fatigue, and panting are signs that should alert you.

Likewise, if you feel It feverish or shaking, or if  It’s not behaving normally, do not hesitate to take Its temperature. Signs of dehydration or shock are also symptoms that may be related to fever.

Understanding Dog Fever

What Are the Causes of Fever in Dogs?

The causes of fever in a dog are various: inflammation, a viral or bacterial infection, parasites, heat stroke … Other causes or diseases can also be at the origin of the fever in your dog, for example, non-infectious diseases which can cause fever in animals. If you have found ticks on It and a high fever appears, see your vet.

How to take your dog’s temperature?

Temperature measurement in dogs is carried out rectally. First, calm your dog so that It’s reassured, then bring a flexible thermometer. Avoid plastic thermometers, which can break, and favor electronic thermometers, which are well adapted, as they emit a sound when it’s finished.

You can buy it in pharmacies. Moisten the thermometer with a little water or lubricant. Lift its tail and gently insert the thermometer, about .7 inches, while talking and stroking it to reassure it. Once you hear the beep, gently remove the thermometer and praise it.

How to relieve your dog’s fever?

Once you have noticed that the fever is present, you must try to reduce it. To do this, you can bathe your dog in lukewarm water or refresh It by passing a very damp washcloth over Its body (abdomen, groin, head, etc.).

Do not keep it wet for too long and dry it with a towel or hairdryer. Do not hesitate to make It drink, because it must be well hydrated, a vegetable broth can encourage It to drink more. A little-known trick is to run ice cubes on the pads of the hind legs to help cool it down.

Be careful, avoid making It consume aspirin, paracetamol, or any other medicine used by humans without the advice of your veterinarian, this can be harmful and produce the opposite effect to that sought.

What To Do If Your Dog’s Fever Persists?

You should be concerned about a high fever that lasts too long. If after 24 hours the fever has not disappeared, it is essential to make an appointment with your veterinarian. While waiting for the visit, arrange Its basket well, put it in a cool and quiet space, and let It rest.

During the visit, do not hesitate to provide the veterinarian with information on your dog’s behavior, Its history, Its vaccines, Its possible treatments … The veterinarian will thus be able to make a more reliable diagnosis and find the appropriate treatment which will relieve your dog. On Its return, give It some rest and in a few days everything will be back to normal

Written by Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, canine behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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