How can I know my dog has fever? – VOSD Expert Vet Advice™

Dog has fever |VOSD Expert Vet Advice™
  • A common symptom that the dog has fever cited among dog owners is dryness of the nose. This is however not an accurate reckoner of fever. Sleeping dogs or a dog that has just woken up will have dry noses as well. At the same time in a normal dog the nose should have normal moistness/hydration and a runny nose or mucus or a crusty dry nose are both symptoms of a disease. 
  • The most reliable reckoner if something is wrong with the dog is a change in their habits and demeanour. Therefore the dog will show a change in the level of energy, will be listless or sullen, will pant more as it tries to cool off or seek a cool corner. The dog may drink water repeatedly to cool off, not eat adequately or the colour & smell of the urine and faeces will change with fever. 
  • The best way to know there is a fever is to take the dogs temperature. The temperature should be checked anally. See also: How should I check my dogs’ temperature?

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