As you know, a fever can lead to serious problems if not properly treated. A fever is the body’s way of trying to fight off an infection.
It is easy to tell when a person has a fever, they are hot to the touch. But what about your dog? How do you know when your dog has a fever? If you suspect your dog has a fever it is important to get them seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Three signs that your dog may be battling an infection (and has a fever) are:
- Anorexia – which does not mean what you think it does. Anorexia is the term for “not eating.” If your dog has lost its appetite. Having a fever can make a dog not feel like eating. It is not normal for a dog to not eat something for a few days at a time! Missing one meal may not be a big deal, so look for the other signs.
- Lethargy – your dog may seem tired all the time. It is taxing on the body to fight off an infection. Vomiting, cough, diarrhea, sneezing, or nasal discharge are also cause for concern.
- Feels warm. Yes, you can touch your dogs head and tell if they are warm. Dog’s normal body temperature is 102.5, but if their ears and tummy are warm too – you may need to call the vet.
You know your dog best, if you feel that something is off, call the vet and talk it over.
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