Pup Mommies and Daddies need to be able to recognize signs of infections or sickness in their pups. The same goes for determining if their pup has a fever.
Fevers are best described as a condition where the body’s temperature ranges higher than normal, and is often a sign that the body is fighting an infection. Here are the top three signs to look out for!
1. Lack of appetite
An overall feeling of being unwell or a sense of malaise can result in the appetite being curbed. This may cause a pup to refuse to eat. Although one missed meal is not necessarily a sign of something serious, a pup who doesn’t appear interested in food at all for more than a day should be taken to a vet.
A pup with a fever has a body actively fighting infection, so it’s only natural that they feel and act more tired. This will cause them to not want to move or engage in activities they usually enjoy. If your pup is lethargic, you may see them lying around or barely moving at all. If this is accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea, nasal discharge, coughing, or sneezing, then this could be a sign of a fever and warrants a vet visit.
3. They feel warm
Sometimes, it’s best to trust your instincts! If your pup feels too warm to the touch or seems to be warmer than usual, especially around the abdomen and ears, then there’s no harm in taking them to a vet to be sure. You can also take a pup’s temperature rectally with a human thermometer by inserting it as far as the silver bulb. (Don’t forget to label it so you don’t accidentally try to use it on yourself later!)
At the end of the day, if you feel that your pup is acting sick, then you might just be right. Don’t be afraid to bring a pup to their vet if you think something is wrong! Like and share this if you found it helpful!