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What To Do If Your Dog Or Cat Has A Fever

If your dog or cat has a fever, you are probably very concerned, and have a number of questions. In this article I’ll reveal to you the most common causes of fever in cats and dogs, plus the signs to be aware of. Then I’ll go into the top 5 remedies that you can immediately use to help your pet’s fever, and bring the temperature down fast.

Fever is defined as a higher than normal body temperature in your dog or cat; in veterinary terms this is called pyrexia. A normal dog’s temperature is 101 F (38.0 C), a normal cat’s temperature is 102 F (38.5 C). Taking your pet’s temperature involves placing a thermometer in their rectum. If your pet has a temperature of 103.5 F (39.5 C) or more, they have a fever.

A fever is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Having a high temperature makes it more difficult for bugs to grow in the body. The problem with a fever in pets is that they will often stop drinking; dehydration then becomes the primary concern. Your pet usually will have a fever in response to something going on in their body. The most common cause, I find, is bite wounds. Search your dog or cat well for punctures.
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