A dog’s fever can often go unnoticed especially if you have no thermometer. If you attempt to measure the dog’s temperature by touching the ears or nose, the temperature you will get will most probably be biased. A dog’s temperature is usually higher than us humans. A body temperature above 39.7 C can be considered as a fever in dogs. To help you detect dog fever without a thermometer, you will need to watch for two things:
Fever can be detected through touching various parts of the body like:
- Nose. A dog with fever will have a dry nose and may have nasal discharge
- Paws. Feel the paws. If they are hot, it may indicate fever
- Armpits and groin. In these two parts exist lymph nodes which in case of fever, become swollen and you will be able to see and feel them
- Gums. You will also need to check the dog’s gums in case of fever. They may be a little swollen and reddish in color
Signs of high fever
- Loss in appetite
- Nasal discharge
- Depressed mood
- General weakness
How to cool down a dog’s temperature?
- Keep your dog hydrated
You will need to provide lots and lots of water for your dog. If he/she doesn’t want to drink, try to use an eye dropper to give water. Some people also use a large syringe without a needle or a turkey baster to give dogs water.
- Use a cool damp towel
You can simply place a cool damp towel on the exposed skin of the stomach, which will help with the fever a lot.
Remember that sometimes a dog’s fever can be an indication of something more serious. If it stays more than 24 hours you will need to take your dog to a vet right away.