Take Your Dogs Temperature

There are no sweat glands on the nose, so it is a good predictor of body temperature. Ideally, the nose should be cool and wet. If it is warm or hot, your dog may have a fever. The fever is her body's way of trying to rid itself of an infection. You can also feel the other parts of your dog's body without fur (inside the ears, the belly, and pads of their paws) to see if they feel hot too. If they don't become cooler within twelve hours, you can take your dog's temperature with a rectal or underarm thermometer. The normal body temperature for a dog is 101.5 degrees (plus or minus a half of a degree). Call your veterinarian if there is no improvement or if you suspect another illness, such as Lyme disease or parvovirus.

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