What to Give a Dog For Fever And Pain
A dog is a families best friend. So as with our family, when our dog gets sick or is in pain we tend to worry. We rack our brains and call everyone trying to figure out how to help our best friend. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
As we know fevers are no fun, and in humans it is relatively easy to spot. Dogs on the other hand can be difficult, but don’t worry, they show plenty of symptoms. First thing you should know is a dogs natural body temperature runs higher than our own. A dogs normal body temperature is from 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Once a dog hits 103 degrees Fahrenheit they have hit the fever threshold.
When your dog has a fever they will show a multitude of symptoms. These can consist of:
- A depressed mood
- Loss of appetite
- Nasal Discharge
Just remember the best way to check for a fever is using a rectal thermometer.
When a dogs fever is above 103 degrees the first thing to do is contact your veterinarian so that they know what is going on. At this point, if the temperature is over 103 you will want to apply cool water to the fur especially around the paws. Continuously check the rectal thermometer. Once your dogs temperature has reached 103 degrees stop the cooling process. Now you will want to make sure your canine friend is drinking small amounts of water regularly. Hydration is key in fighting a fever, whether you have four legs or two legs.
In special cases when the fever is at 106 or higher, you should treat that as an extreme emergency and contact an emergency veterinarian right away.
To answer your burning question, NO, you do not want to give your dog medicine to lower their fever or fight pain. Aspirin and acetaminophen can be very poisonous to animals (since they aren’t made for them) and can cause death or serious injury.
After a fever, pain is another common concern when it comes to dog owners. We see our pup limping or notice a cut and the protector in us comes out.
First thing to do when it comes to a dog in pain is, you guessed it, call the veterinarian. But we all know dogs get hurt when the vets are closed. Once you contact your veterinarian you will want make your dog most comfortable. Some extra padding in their crate, or a nice fluffy pillow and blanket on the couch.
Again, it is not recommended to give your dog acetaminophen or aspirin. Although, if it is joint pain or continuous movement pain, Fish Oil has been shown to have positive effects on animals.
We all know that feeling of sadness when we see our four legged friend in pain or discomfort. Now you know that your first action when fighting fever or pain is contacting a veterinarian. After that providing comfort and the quick actions stated above will have your dog running around in no time.