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Does My Warm Dog Have a Fever?

The following is an excerpt from the Petfinder Blog.

Dr. Lauren Brickman writes a pet health and care column for Read all the Q&As she’s shared with Petfinder here.

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

Does My Warm Dog Have a Fever?


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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