Dogs are strong and tough animals but they get sick just like humans and any other animal on this planet. Treating your dog is important but knowing whether your dog is sick in the first place is even more important.
Not knowing that your dog is sick could result in much worse problems that could arise. Taking your dog’s temperature may seem silly at first but it is important as it is one of the best ways to tell if your dog is feeling under the weather.
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Dog Temperature Normal Range
Unlike humans, dogs have a hotter body temperature. Human body temperatures are considered normal under 99 degree Fahrenheit but the normal range for dogs is considered to be at 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
This can cause confusion if you are not aware of the fact that dogs have higher body temperatures than humans because you may think that you dog has a fever even though they are in the normal range.
Dogs will normally have warmer temperatures because of their thick fur and their ability to withstand the cold much better than humans. So if you decide to take your dog’s temperature and it is anywhere between 101 – 102 degrees you will have nothing to worry about since this is the normal range for dogs.
Dog Temperature 104°F
A dog will be considered to be sick or feverish if they have a body temperature at 104°F or above. Sometimes dogs can even go above 105°F but this is quick rare and should be treated immediately.
These temperatures will often be reached during the hot summer days which does not necessarily mean that your dog actually has a cold. In this case you should help your dog out by simply cooling it down anyway possible. For example, if your dog has a high body temperature during a hot summer day, give it a bath or bring it inside so that it can find some shade away from the sun.
Dog Temperature Fever
A dog fever is similar to a human fever and the symptoms are relatively the same. If your dog has a fever you will immediately notice a change in behavior. For example, the dog will appear to be depressed, it will not be as active as normally and will seek quiet places to lie down.
Another good way to figure out if your dog is sick is by noticing a reduced appetite, but in the end, the only way to find out for sure is by actually taking the dog’s body temperature. This is not done the same way as it is with humans.
Taking a dog’s temperature will require at least two people because it will be uncomfortable for the dog so it may struggle, especially if the dog is big. Using a digital thermometer, you will need to lubricate it and insert it into the rectum in order to get the temperature since the mouth is not an option because a dog’s mouth is not representative of its body temperature. The second person is there to help you hold the dog down as you take the temperature.
Being able to detect your dog’s fever is important but once you know that the dog has a fever you don’t necessarily have to do anything about it.
A fever is a sign that the body is fighting to cure itself. The best thing to do is to wait a few days and it will likely cure itself and go away altogether. However, if the fever is accompanied by other symptoms it could be a different type of more serious disease. Sometimes it will require antibiotics in order to cure it but a dog’s fever it not normally a terrible thing.