What are the symptoms of a sick dog?
It is important to know the warning signs so that you can treat your dog as soon as he starts to get sick. For example, if your pet is suffering from diarrhea or constipation, it is important to take him to a veterinarian.
Lack of appetite can also be a sign of an underlying disease. Also, if your pet starts losing weight quickly, or gains a lot of weight, ask yourself these questions!
The other most common symptoms are difficulty urinating or on the contrary excessive urine, the presence of blood in the urine, etc. Also make sure your dog is not abnormally thirsty.
Sick smoke can also make breathing difficult. He sighs or sneezes, his eyes run. Weakness, loss of luster in the eyes and fur, and hair loss are also common symptoms.
How to take your dog’s temperature?
To take your dog’s temperature, you need to insert a suitable thermometer into his anus. There are thermometers specially designed for dogs, with very thin and flexible tips. Since dogs have little patience, choose a model that takes measurements as quickly as possible.
Do not hesitate to give your pet a treat to relax it during this examination. Even if it only takes a few seconds, most dogs don’t like having their temperature taken. If necessary, pair to keep it. You can even put a muzzle on the stuffed animal if you are afraid of being bitten. You should know that even the calmest and kindest animals can act in unexpected and violent ways when they feel in danger!
To facilitate the introduction of the thermometer, you can use a water-based lubricant. Be careful, if you have a female dog, you don’t put the thermometer on her vulva.
What are the different types of dog thermometers?
There are different types of thermometers for dogs: it is up to you to choose the one you like according to certain criteria, such as the time taken to measure, the size of the tip or the dog’s reaction to thermometer.
For example, gallium thermometers are very common and easy to find. On the other hand, they require a high temperature measurement because the metals must be given time to expand.
As for electronic thermometers, they offer many advantages: their ease of use, their accuracy and their speed of measurement.
There are also infrared thermometers, which measure temperature on a temporal level. This way, there is no need to insert it into the dog’s rectum. This is the ideal solution for very fearful or wild animals.
Whatever type of thermometer you choose, the ideal is to choose a model with a flexible tip. If your pet tries to sit during the temperature measurement: it will not harm itself! Also make sure it is ergonomically correct.
How do you know if your dog has a fever?
The only way to know if your pet has a fever is to take their temperature. For this, you need to use a suitable thermometer. Touching his nose is useless!
You should know that the average temperature of dogs is 38.5 ° C, that is to say one degree higher than that of humans. Of course, it knows the slight differences of the day. For example, a dog may have 38.9°C when he sleeps and 38.2°C when he gets up. Floor temperature, stress and play are all factors that affect body temperature. Like newborn puppies: their body temperature is about 35.5 °C.
So we say that the dog has a fever from 39°C. You can suspect this by seeing your animal killed, with burning ears.
How to lower the dog’s temperature?
If your dog has a fever, you can reduce his temperature by bathing him in cold water. If he doesn’t hate water, like other dogs do, you can soothe him in a different way, by rubbing a wet cloth on his body. Be careful, dry it afterwards with a towel or hair dryer, because it should not be wet. A bad draft could worsen his condition!
It should also be watered, so that it is well hydrated. In any case, do not give your animal any product or medicine not prescribed by your veterinarian! Only this health professional knows how to react to best comfort your dog.
While waiting to go to the vet, put your dog comfortably in a basket away from drafts and leave him alone. He should rest as much as possible so as not to lose energy.