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Q&A: Does my warm dog have a fever?




Guest blogger, Dr. Lauren Brickman,
started as a veterinary technician at Garden City Park in 1997 and went
on to veterinary school at Ross University. She currently writes a
popular pet health and care column for that she has shared with us today.

Q: Today my dog felt warm. Does that mean she has a fever? Is my dog is sick?

Find out Dr. Lauren’s answer after the jump.

A: It can be hard to judge a pet’s temperature by feeling their
skin. If it is hot out, or if they were just exercising, they can feel
warmer and their body temperature can be elevated.

A normal temperature
for a dog is about 99.5 – 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. A dog’s temperature
can easily be checked at home with a rectal or ear thermometer.

If you have questions about your pet’s health, you can submit them to Dr. Lauren at

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