How to comfort a dog with a fever at home? Never with paracetamol!

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There are home remedies to reduce the fever of a dog only if it is light and only if it does not last more than a day. Anyway, the most advisable thing is always to visit your veterinarian. In Barkibu, we also give you the option to leave your query to our online veterinarians, who will tell you if the fever is high, low, and if you have to go out to your specialist or if you can use the remedies we will be talking about here.

The first thing we want to say is that you never, never, never should give your furry a pill or any drug designed for humans, like paracetamol or a fever aspirin. We say this because there are many forums on the Internet that recommend doing it, but a dog is not a person; his liver does not work the same. If you give him a chemical to eat you can intoxicate him and you do not want that to happen. Actually, before making this type of decision, contact our online veterinarians and ask us your question.

How to tell if a dog has a fever without a thermometer

But let's start at the beginning: what are the symptoms of fever in dogs and how to know if he has it without resorting to the thermometer? If you are wondering this, you probably do not have one, but you should. The best way to assess if the fever is high or not is with a rectal thermometer specially designed for your friend.

If you do not have one within your reach, you should know that a dog's body temperature is higher than that of a person; it is usually around 38 degrees and a half. We tell you this because you would not be the first PetLover to call us thinking that your dog has a very high fever; this is a normal temperature for them.

The best thing you can do to avoid this mistake is to adopt a daily routine to remove the dead hair with a brush, clean his eyes carefully to prevent the appearance of cataracts, and caress him. Thanks to this contact you will naturally get used to his normal body heat and you will know when he gets fever. Dry nose, some diarrhea, moodiness, or drowsiness are also other symptoms that will tell you if he has a fever.

My dog has fever and trembles, how does his fever go down?

The home remedies that we will recommend below only have to be applied if his body temperature has raised a few tenths of a centigrade. In case the fever exceeds 39 degrees, he vomits or have diarrhea, run to your veterinarian, as it may be a symptom of parvovirus or parasites.
If he's just a little hot, what you have to do is get him a wet towel. Be careful to not soak it. If you try to lower the fever with an excessively humid rag you can make his situation worse by making him catch a cold and making the fever higher. The idea is that you apply a fresh compress to the area of the armpits or abdomen.

You can only do this if your dog does not grumble. In case he protests or twists, try to make another towel with ice inside, so it is cold but not wet. This usually works well, but you cannot put it on for too long because the furry ones do not tolerate extreme temperatures.
Depending on the breed of your dog and his behavior, another option is to give him a short bath of fresh water. As we say, do not abuse the cold water; make it in a way that it is enough to lower his temperature but not to make him cold. Whatever the option you take, you have to count with a special dryer for dogs. You cannot keep him with wet hair because we do not want a cold to appear and spoil everything.

Dog fever - Treatment at home

In addition to these home remedies, you have to make him drink a lot. He will ask for it himself, so let him have a drinker always full of fresh water at his reach. Of course, always resort to extreme hygiene measures.

What you have to do after wetting his body and drying it with the dryer is to check if the fever persists. Do it every ten minutes; if after three hours it remains the same or if it increases during the process, do not think about it anymore and visit your veterinarian. Again, we insist that if this rise in temperature appears in combination with diarrhea, vomiting, or blood, do not use any of these home remedies and consult your specialist. Never resort to paracetamol and ibuprofen.