If your dog has a fever, it’s essential to consult a veterinarian for proper diagnosis and scientific treatment. Fever in dogs can be a symptom of an underlying condition, and that underlying cause needs to be addressed to effectively treat the fever. However, here are some general guidelines regarding the treatment of fever:
- Veterinary Consultation: Schedule an appointment with a veterinarian as soon as possible. They will be able to examine your dog, determine the cause of the fever, and recommend appropriate treatment based on proper scientific diagnosis.
- Rest and Isolation: Provide a comfortable and quiet space for your dog to rest. Isolate them from other animals to prevent the spread of any potential infections to other pets.
- Hydration: Ensure that your dog has access to fresh water at all times. Encourage them to drink, as fever can cause dehydration. If necessary, you can offer ice cubes or small amounts of water at a time.
- Medications: Follow your veterinarian’s instructions regarding any prescribed medications. They may recommend antipyretic drugs (fever reducers) suitable for dogs. Never administer human medications without veterinary guidance, as some can be toxic to dogs. This page contains a list of medicines that can be given to your dog suffering from fever, in case a veterinarian is nearby.
- Cooling Techniques: You can help your dog by using cooling techniques to bring down its body temperature. Wet a towel with cool (not cold) water and apply it to their paws, ears, and groin area. Avoid using ice or very cold water, as it may cause shivering and constrict blood vessels.
- Monitor and Record: Keep track of your dog’s temperature at regular intervals. Use a digital rectal thermometer specifically designed for dogs. Note any changes in behavior, appetite, or other symptoms and communicate them to your veterinarian.
Remember, the above recommendations are general guidelines and should not replace professional veterinary advice. It’s essential to consult with a veterinarian to determine the underlying cause of your dog’s fever and receive appropriate treatment tailored to their specific condition.
An average dog is said to suffer from fever if the body temperature rises above 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
Symptoms of fever
The dog appears lethargic, unable or reluctant to move. Does not respond when called. The muzzle or nose may appear dry, have anorexia, or are not willing to eat. If the dog shows these signs immediately check the temperature of the dog by inserting a thermometer par rectum.
Remember to lubricate the thermometer before inserting the thermometer inside the rectum to prevent injury.
Some pet owners check the temperature by touching the ears, but this is wrong.
Signs of fever in puppies
The puppies when suffering from fever become more active than normal, they instinctively try to hide their weaknesses. Though they may not eat that much.
Treatment of fever in dogs
Treatment depends upon diagnosis to find out the cause of the fever. Samples should be sent to a laboratory for findings and depending upon the test results treatment should be done.