1.Feel the ears and paws of your dog.
A dog with a fever usually has very hot ears and paws. You can gauge his temperature by using sensitive parts of the body such as your cheeks and the back of your hands against his ears and feet. Are those of him warmer than yours? Healthy dogs only have a slightly higher temperature than people.
Ears and legs of a dog have many blood vessels. When he has a fever, these areas become hot due to the movement of immune cells from the blood to the areas of the body where infection takes place. The increase of the spreading immune cells in the blood can manifest as heat in the blood vessels.
It is unusual for the right and left ear to have different temperatures. If an ear is warmer than the other, this is usually a sign of a local ear infection, rather than a general fever.
2. Feel at the nose of your dog.
If your dog has a hot nose, with greenish or yellowish nasal discharge, it is likely that he has a fever and an infection.
This may mean that your dog is in combat with a respiratory infection, although this can only be clear in more serious cases. Certain diseases such as distemper and kennel cough also have these clinical signs. That is why it is extremely important that you bring your dog to the vet quickly if you see greenish or yellowish nasal discharge.
A normal dog can have a fluctuating temperature and humidity – it is a myth that dog noses are always cold and wet. In fact, the nose is often dry by normal situations such as lying in the sun, sleeping in the heating, movement or when the dog has fluid deficiency. How does the nose of your dog normally feel? Did he do any of these things recently, to explain a dry, hot nose?
3. Feel the armpits and groin area of ??your dog.
These areas are often swollen and hot when your dog has an infection and a fever. You can use the back of your hands to feel heat in the lymph nodes in the armpits and the groin area. But, make sure that your own hands are at room temperature, not cold or hot, because they are your reference point.
Lymph nodes contain immune cells that fight bacteria and viruses. They filter the blood of these infectious organisms, and when there is an infection the lymph nodes will serve as a defense area. This area is then filled with immune cells that secrete various substances that stimulate the brain to cause fever. These areas are swollen and hot because they become inflamed as a result of the different immune reactions that are going on simultaneously.
Because the armpit and groin areas of the dog have a lot of bare skin with very little coat, you can easily feel whether these areas are hot.