Sam Meisler DVM, a small animal veterinarian discusses fever in dogs. Dog fevers are usually caused by inflammation somewhere in the body that is setting off a cascade of events that in turn sets the dog's temperature reference point at a higher level.
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Fever in Dogs
A fever in a dog is defined as anything higher than 101.5°F. An elevated temperature of 102-103°F is usually caused by some type of inflammation occurring inside the dog. The higher fever is a systemic response where the body is resetting the set point reference to a higher level. The inflammation, in turn, is caused by either an infection, cancer or a virus. If the vet, upon examining the dog, cannot find an obvious indication for the infection, such as an abscess or ear infection, then blood work will be performed. The blood test results will show other markers of information and if other organs seem to be affected. Other methods include x-rays, a fecal test, which shows the presence of parasites or heartworms or a urine test to check the bladder for infection.
- Sam D. Meisler DVM
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