Fever in Pets
October 5, 2012
Dogs and cats often experience fever symptoms and physiological response to infection or inflammation. What causes fever? A fever may be associated with a number of disorders and these include a weakened immune system, bacterial or viral pneumonia, dehydration, excessive heat or a reaction to certain medications or toxic substances. (Similarly see: Dr. Mark J Berger). Diagnosis of fever Many people believe that if the nose of the dog or cat is hot and dry, he may have a fever. However, this is not always true and if you suspect your pet has a fever, your temperature should be taken using a rectal thermometer is digital. Never take the temperature of your pet’s mouth – a glass thermometer will break and cause serious damage.
Pets are not happy to have his temperature taken rectally and you need help control the animal. Hold the head and body of your pet securely and lubricate the thermometer with KY jelly, jelly oil or liquid soap. Once your pet is stable and calm, hold the tail upright and insert the thermometer gently. Keep in mind that a fever is not a good sign and your pet should be monitored closely for any change in his condition. You should not give aspirin to your pet as it can cause severe health complications.
Consult your veterinarian for a thorough physical examination and confirm the diagnosis. Medications are prescribed to treat the cause of the fever. Help with Natural Remedies The fever can also be used as part of a broader treatment program to provide symptomatic relief to our pets. Those without any harmful side effects. The carefully selected ingredients such as feline calicivirus, borax, phosphorus and Pulsatilla promote health and respiratory system.