Dog Fever

Everything You Need To Know About Dog Fever


This article helps you recognise dog fever and treat it. Dogs are very similar to human beings and they get sick too. Dogs often get fever. However, dogs are not able to talk like we do and they cannot express the state of health they are in. Therefore, as caretakers and owners we need to be able to tell when our dog is sick and needs medical attention. Trying to tell if a dog is sick is similar to trying to guess if an infant is sick. Both cannot sick and are completely dependent on you to give them medical attention.


Trying to diagnose dog fever is hard. The average body temperature of the dog is much more than the normal human being. A dog’s body temperature would be around a hundred degrees Fahrenheit.  The temperate ranges from 99.5 to 102.5 degrees F. Puppies have a much cooler body temperature, very similar to our own. The average body temperature would be 96-97 degrees F. However, the body temperature increases as time passes and the pup grows older. When the pup is barely four weeks old, it reaches the average temperature levels.


Dog fever symptoms are not very easy to detect. Young puppies are very active and play a lot. If a puppy comes down with fever, it becomes a lot less playful and this change is detected quite easily. This is not the case with older dogs. Older dogs tend to sleep a lot more than young puppies. They are also a lot less playful and less active. As such there will not be any marked difference when an older dog gets a fever. There are a few slight differences. If you have a dog, you should maintain a very close watch on the dog and check if it shows any symptoms.


Many dogs tend to avoid human contact when they suffer from dog fever. Any dog loves human contact especially its master. However, if you notice your dog trying to avoid human contact, you can be sure something is up. It is then time to take your dog to the veterinarian. Also try and notice any changes in attitudes. People tend to become self involved and take pets for granted. Dogs give you a lot of care and affection. Take care to give some of the attention back. Try and notice how your dog is doing. See if it has become slightly more aggressive or irritable. These are all changes in the dog’s attitude and might indicate some health issues.


All dogs pant. This is a known fact. However, when a dog has fever, it pants a lot more than it usually does. Observe your dog everyday and see if there has been any increase in panting. One area you can never miss is lack of appetite. Most dogs eat the same amount everyday. If you find your dog not eating or a drastic reduction in the food it consumes, it means the dog has a medical issue. Lack of thirst might also mean a case of dog fever.


The dog might show an acute lack of energy. It might not be as fast or as playful on the runs. It might sit down more often on evening walks. These are small hints and should be picked up. Touch your dog regularly. See if there are any new swellings or lumps. The dog might also signs of cold and shiver slightly when it is still warm. The face might also have a sad expression that you have not seen on your dog’s face. Dogs can also cough and sneeze. When you hear these sounds, rush your dog to a vet.