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Fever in your dog and how to take a temperature

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A healthy dog is a happy dog and when your pet is healthy and happy, you as the owner feels content, knowing you are providing the proper care as a responsible caretaker and pet parent. When an adult or child gets ill, one of the first signs may be a fever. Maybe you need to contact your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home to show you how you can successful take your dog’s temperature if you suspect the pet is ill.

A fever can be a sign of many illnesses and conditions. An internal problem will result in a fever. Fever is noted to be a method of fighting infection although one of the causes of a high temperature is infection. Other causes of a fever includes inflammation, cancer, a reaction to a drug, an immune system disease or can be idiopathic with no known cause.

As with humans, a dog can have an unusually high temperature in hot weather but does not have the ability to pant or sweat as we do. Temperature can also be based on the animal’s recent environment, such as being left in a hot or freezing cold car. If an animal gets overheated, it may exhibit excessive panting and high heart rate that leads to hyperthermia. If your dog has a fever, however, it may not exhibit disburbing symptoms.

Your dog is healthy with a normal temperature between 100.5 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Usual symptoms of a fever may be lethargy, cranky or unusual changes in behavior, not eating or drinking, hiding, draining wounds and swelling or lumps. If your dog has a temperature of less than 99 degrees or over 104 degree Fahrenheit, contact your veterinarian immediately.

So how can you tell if your dog is of normal temperature range? You can feel the head, nose or ears but that is not a reliable method for determining your dog’s health. The only way is through an oral or rectal thermometer. Obviously, your dog can not hold one in its mouth; the only options are in the ear or rectally. You can find information on how to perform a safe technique taking your dog’s temperature at - http://www.petplace.com/dogs/how-to-take-your-dog-s-temperature/page1.aspx

Knowing your dog is happy and healthy is of optimum concern to any responsible pet owner. A number one way to do so is monitor your pets temperature and note all the signs. Then you can have a happy, healthy relationship with your favorite canine companion.

If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy

For the grooming needs of your Chihuahua in or near the Rockford area, you can contact Sue at pupelv7@comcast.net for further information.

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