Dog has a fever

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Jaustin764

In Dogs

I woke up this morning and noticed that my dog was acting a little off. Normally in the morning he is very cheerful, always greats me with a wagging tail, and jumps around until I complete his morning routine. However, this morning he woke up and was groggy and looked liked his muscles were aching.

When I took his temperature, it came in at 103 degrees. Normally his temperature is around 100 degrees.

I don’t want to just rush him off to the vet, as I understand people and animals get sick and a fever is not necessarily an emergency situation. Does anyone have any advice for how I can help keep my boy comfortable? Also, at what point should I be concerned enough to take him to the vet?

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chipperdogSF

In Dogs

Reply To: Jaustin764

The normal dog body temperature is 101.5°F (38.6°C). A body temperature of 102°F (38.9°C) or above is considered a fever.

Dogs can run a high fever of 104°F (40°C) and sometimes up to 105°F (40.5°C).  You really don't need not be alarmed unless the dog body temperature reaches 105°F, since a fever is generally a good sign that his body is fighting off the infection/cold.

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