Dogs have many of the same medical problems as humans do, which means they can also run a fever. This is something that many pet owners seem to forget. When you get a fever, it’s an indication that something is wrong physically and the same is true for your pet. A fever could be caused by something simple that will pass in a day or two or it could be a sign of a serious medical problem. A dog’s temperature should be between 100.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit to be considered normal. A temperature of 103 or higher would be considered a fever. If it reaches 105, an emergency visit to the vet is strongly recommended.


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      Look for changes in your dog’s normal behavior. When his attitude changes or if he becomes lethargic this could be an indication he has a fever.

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      Check your dog’s eyes to see if they’re dull and lifeless. The eyes of a healthy dog will be bright and clear

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      Touch the back of his ears and feel his back or stomach to see if they feel warmer than normal because this could indicate a high fever.

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      Check your dog’s nose. It should feel wet and cool. If it’s hot and dry, this could be an indication that he has a fever and he could be dehydrated too.

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      Look for other symptoms that often accompany a fever such as itching, scratching, diarrhea, vomiting or bloody stools. Your pet may also appear to be in pain when he tries to move because fevers are usually accompanied by sore muscles.

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      Use a rectal or ear thermometer to check your pet’s temperature. This is the most accurate way to determine if you dog has a fever. Only use thermometers designed for animals, not the ones designed for humans.