Fever in dogs
When a dog has a fever, he feels just as miserable as a human being. Fever in a dog can have various causes. Sometimes it is temporary, for example after an effort. You can read the reason for your dog’s fever and what you need to do here.
When does a dog have a fever ?
The normal temperature of a dog is between 38.0 and 39.0 ° C. You can record the temperature yourself with a normal digital thermometer. Temperatures above 39.0 ° C are called fever. However, the dog can temporarily have a higher body temperature even after exercise. This is not called a fever but hyperthermia. Hyperthermia can also be the result of pain or stress, poisonings or, for example, a thyroid that is too fast. Fever occurs in inflammatory reactions. The body temperature rises because the body sets a new ‘set point’ for the temperature under the influence of substances released during the ignition. Where the body previously stopped producing heat and trying to cool at, for example, 38.0 ° C, it now continues to produce heat. How to record temperature?
Use a clean thermometer, preferably a digital one. Ear thermometers do not work in animals.
Have someone hold your dog for a moment.
Standing or lying down, both are possible.
Make the thermometer a little slippery with some Vaseline.
Insert the thermometer at least 2 centimeters anally.
When to the vet?
If your dog has a fever, he feels miserable, just like you, when you are sick. There are a lot of causes for fever to name. If the fever persists or goes to 40.0 ° C, it is better to consult a veterinarian. When the dog has a temperature of 40.0 ° C, this is even an emergency! The vet will try to find out where the inflammatory reaction is that causes the fever. This can be a bacterial or viral infection, but this does not necessarily have to be the case. At high fever, the temperature can be reduced with fever-reducing and anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Depending on the problem, more drugs may be prescribed, such as antibiotics for a bacterial infection. This is often not necessary in case of mild fever.