Dog Body Temperature

While the rest of your family clocks in at a cool 98.6F, your dog’s temperature should always range between 99.5 and 102.5F. And even though your dog feels warm to the touch, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything’s wrong.

But, how can you tell if something is wrong? How can you tell if your dog has a fever or illness? Some people say you can tell by your dog’s nose. Some say if his nose is cool and wet, that’s normal, but if it’s hot and dry, that could indicate fever.

Either way, there’s more to it. Because your dog is not able to tell you what’s wrong, it’s up to you to look for signs. Here is a list of the most common signs, if your dog displays any of the them, it’s time to see a veterinarian:

• Lethargy/lack of energy
• Depression
• Red eyes
• Warm ears
• Warm, dry nose
• Shivering
• Loss of appetite
• Coughing
• Vomiting

If you feel comfortable, you can take your dog’s temperature using a special ear or rectal thermometer (made specially for dogs). If your dog’s temperature is above 103F (which is considered a fever) or below 99F, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Like people, dogs can get sick too. So remember, temperature matters. And it’s always best to turn to a veterinary professional for the sake of the dog’s health, and the peace of mind of the entire family.

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