Fever in Dogs: Causes, Signs, and Treatment

Submitted by PR Coordinator on Thu, 01/13/2022 - 11:54

When it comes to checking your pup for a temperature, the old-time gauge of the "Snoot Check" may not be the best way to determine if your dog has an above-normal temperature. A healthy dog's nose is almost always moist - but a dry nose is not necessarily an accurate way of determining if your dog has a fever.

A dog's normal temperature can range from 37 - 39 degrees (celsius). You can take your pet's temperature using a pet thermometer or schedule a quick vet visit to be sure.


Generally speaking, here are some of the things to keep an eye out for:

1. Red eyes
2. Lethargy/lack of energy
3. Warm ears
4. Warm, dry nose
5. Shivering
6. Loss of appetite
7. Coughing
8. Vomiting


The causes of fever in dogs can range from: 

1. Ear Infections, 

2. Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

3. Viral diseases

4. Infected bite or cut

Sometimes even ingestion of toxic plants or human medication can pose severe complications to your furry companion. It's also not uncommon for pets to experience a slight fever after getting vaccinated but this should be closely monitored.

When to Bring Your Dog to the Vet

Keeping a check on your dogs temperature with the use of a pet thermometer is key in determining the next course of action. A temperature of 41 degrees (celsius) or higher can damage a pet’s internal organs and can be fatal. It's best to avoid it getting to that point. 

Your vet may need to know of any recent physical injuries, ingestion of toxins, bug bites during the physical examination. Afterwhich, routine blood work, tests and more to get a better understanding of the underlying condition or infection in order ot properly treat and monitor your pup. 

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