For dog owners, seeing your beloved dog in feverish pain is a complete nightmare, especially if you don’t know how to help him. Fever is a very common occurrence in humans and animals alike and this usually a symptom of an underlying illness or condition. This is why it is important that you treat your pet’s fever using medications recommended and prescribed by your veterinarian.
If your pooch is showing fever symptoms, you might feel tempted to try treating him yourself to lower the fever for your dog to return to his normal self. But, you have to know what you can safely give to address your dog’s fever before you take any actions.
Telltale Signs That Your Dog Has Fever
Just feel the nose of your dog. If it is cold and wet, then, your dog doesn’t have a fever. But, if his nose is dry and hot, there is a chance that your dog has a fever. Aside from this method, other common symptoms of fever in canines include the following:
* Diarrhea or blood in stool
* Warm and dry nose
* Warm ears
* Appetite loss
* Red eyes
* Lack of energy
Before you take any steps trying to reduce your dog’s fever, make sure you confirm first that your pooch is really running a fever. To identify fever in dogs properly, you have to understand the symptoms that indicate the presence of fever and the normal temperature for dogs. The normal temperature for dogs is around 99.5°F to 102.5°F.
Aside from the tried and tested method of feeling your dog’s nose to determine if he is running a fever, taking your dog’s rectal temperature is also recommended. Experts suggest using a rectal thermometer because these have been especially made for dogs. Many thermometers meant for human use don’t work for dogs. Before you insert a rectal thermometer into your pet, apply a lubricant on the thermometer to reduce the discomfort in your dog.
How to Treat Fever in Dogs
The best immediate remedy to reduce the fever of your dog is applying cool water to his ears and paws with the use of a soaked cloth or towel. If possible, you can also try coaxing your dog to drink cold water to make sure that he stains properly hydrated. After this, make sure you contact your veterinarian.
Most dog owners usually want to give their pet human medication to help reduce fever. However, most medications for human use have been proven to be toxic to canines, especially when administered in the wrong dosages.
There are veterinarians who recommend that you administer a low dose of human over the counter medication to your dog to help bring down the fever. Other veterinarians may also wish to conduct a physical examination before they start any type of fever reducers or medication to ensure that no symptoms will be hidden.
Contact your veterinarian before you administer any kind of medication to your pet to ensure that it is really safe and at the same time, to know the proper dosage. Although you won’t be able to give anything to your dog for fever, your vet can guide you through the process.