If your dog is listless and sluggish, he may not feel well and may have a fever. A warm, dry nose is a possible indication of fever in dogs, as is dehydration. A normal canine temperature is around101.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Low-grade fevers, less than 104 degrees, may be the result of a virus, and you should be able care for your dog at home. There are a few things you can do to make your dog comfortable while he recovers from what ails him.
Plenty of Water
To prevent dehydration, you should offer your dog plenty of fresh water. If he refuses to drink, you may be able to use a medicine dropper to squirt small amounts into his mouth.
Chicken or Beef Broth
If your dog is not willing to drink much water you can try to encourage her with chicken or beef broth, which might be more appealing.
You can mix some Pedialyte with your dog's water to help replace electrolytes as well as hydrating him. One part Pedialyte to three parts water should be sufficient.
You can give him buffered aspirin to reduce the fever, between 5 and 15 mg per pound of your dog's weight. You can also purchase aspirin made specifically for dogs at most pet supply stores with dosage instructions. Offer a little bit of bread or a small amount of food with the aspirin to avoid stomach upset.
If your dog is shivering due to chills from the fever she may be grateful for a warm blanket and a comforting, gentle rubdown. Don't force the blanket if she seems not to want it.
If your dog's fever exceeds 104.5 degrees you should seek immediate veterinary care, as it could be a sign of serious illness or disease. While aspirin can be administered to reduce the fever, it would probably be wise to consult a veterinarian first to determine the cause of the fever. The aspirin may "mask" the actual illness. Also, be aware of the potential side effects that are similar to those of humans who take aspirin such as nausea, vomiting and bloody diarrhea.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.