Fever in dogs is also known as pyrexia. A high temperature is a symptom of an underlying illness, so it's important to diagnose and treat the root cause. Many dog owners rely on feeling their dog's nose to gauge whether they have a fever or not. A cool, wet nose indicates an average body temperature while a dry, warm nose may be a sign the dog has a fever. While this method can help to spot a sick dog, it's not an accurate way of telling if a fever is present.
Dogs naturally have a higher body temperature than humans - typically in the range of 99.5-102.5 degrees, Fahrenheit is normal for dogs. However, if their temperature is higher than 103.5 degrees Fahrenheit, this qualifies as a fever and indicates that the dog has an infection or health condition causing their high temperature.
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