Fever in dogs has certain symptoms, which may be different from those of humans. Here we answer the question of how to know if a dog has a fever.
The body temperature of dogs is not equal to that of humans, and sometimes it is difficult to know if our pet has a fever. There are a number of symptoms that can give us the clues to know if our dog has a higher temperature than normal.
In another post, we are already studying human fever and how to reduce fever quickly with home remedies, now we will see how to know if a dog has a fever: the causes, symptoms and treatments.
How to know if my dog has a fever
As in humans, fever in dogs occurs when their body temperature rises above what normal values would be for dogs. The dogs have normal temperatures higher than humans, and tend to be around 38ºC.
If we see that our dog is not well, and is beginning to have symptoms of tiredness, or excessive sleep, the first thing we should do is find out if he is feverish, using a thermometer. If you do not have a thermometer suitable for pets, we leave a link where you can buy it.
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A dog will have fever if their body temperature is equal to or greater than 39,7ºC . Once we verify that the body temperature is higher than usual in a dog, we must observe if it has other discomforts. For example, cloudy, or watery eyes, or if it is having chills, or if we notice it weaker, sleepy or apathetic than usual. It is also possible that you suffer a loss of appetite, or that you pant more than the bill. Other common symptoms may be continued diarrhea and vomiting.
In all cases, it is best to go to the veterinarian. Since there may be other symptoms that we will probably not be able to observe if we have no knowledge: dehydration, an accelerated heart rate, and other causes that depend on each race or of each animal .
As for the causes of fever in dogs, it is mainly related to infections caused by viruses or bacteria . In many cases the fever is positive, because it is a response of the animal’s immune system, which has the ability to divide and destroy bacteria and the virus. But, in any case, the dog must be treated to combat that fever, as directed by our veterinarian.
How to lower the fever
To combat fever in dogs, there are home remedies, and medical treatments. The paracetamol for dogs may be prescribed. But in doses much more limited than for humans, because an overdose can be lethal to dogs. According to experts, the therapeutic dose of paracetamol indicated for dogs is 15mg per kg, that is, it is a minimum dose.
Paracetamol, in a dose for humans, can damage the liver and red blood cells of the animal. Although you can administer this dose, if you have already indicated it to us before, the most convenient thing is to go to the veterinarian to put our pet in treatment. The most common is to combine a treatment based on veterinary fluid therapy, based on serum for dogs, which prevents and combats possible dehydration. As well as antibiotics to lower the infection and fever of the animal. An anti-thermal agent can also be supplied, as is the case with paracetamol.
Occasionally, and in more severe cases in which there are more symptoms of infection by bacteria or viruses. The veterinarian may advise surgery to eliminate the cause of the infection that is causing the fever.
Some home remedies for recovery
There are a number of home remedies that can help us prevent and cure episodes of fever in our pet. A dog will need to rest more than usual. And you will need it in all probability, since we will notice that if you have a fever you will be more apathetic and low in energy. But once in treatment, it is not worrisome, because it is normal, and our dog will need to recover, also because of the effect of antibiotics.
In addition, you will need a diet high in calories to recover. The most normal is that although dogs eat a lot and have no measure of appetite, in this case they are probably not hungry. But we should not worry, because lack of appetite is a common symptom that dogs have a fever, and as our pet recovers, it will increase its appetite and eat better. Sometimes, and if you don’t want to eat solid foods, we should try to drink as much liquid as possible, and a hot broth with substance (chicken and vegetables) is very comforting and will help you feel better.
In addition, if our dog suffers from tremors, we can cover it with a light blanket to improve its thermal sensation. A good option to lower the fever is to pass a damp cloth with warm water through the abdomen, and also the pads of his legs, although it is not something that they will like too much. With this, we will gradually reduce the high body temperatures of the animal.
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