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Maria asks: “Do dogs get a fever like people?”

Maria asks: “My dog [feels] hot do they get a fever like people and it looks like he has a running nose also.”

Maria, I just posted an article on whether dogs get colds (yes) and now I’m looking up about fevers specifically.

Fevers can be caused by many diseases, including similar ones to what we get. Cold viruses can cause mild fevers, but usually do not have high fevers. A high fever comes more often with influenza/the flu.

And remember a fever is one of the ways the body fights off disease, so it is not a bad thing in itself.

Here is a list of reasons a dog would have a fever

  • Infections (most commonly, bacterial, viral, parasites, and other microorganisms)
  • Immune-mediated
  • Tumors
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Endocrine diseases
  • Miscellaneous inflammatory conditions
  • Various drugs
  • Various Toxins
  • Sometimes the exact cause can not be established (e.g., in fever of unknown origin)

If it goes on a while or your dog seem unusually sick. Take him to a veterinarian to have him checked.

Hope he gets better soon!

— Peggy The Doctor’s Wife

104. Happy 2013 (with a virus bug) part 2

Continued from “Happy 2013” part 1

stock up on healthy soups for your default cold recovery diet

stock up your pantry on healthy soups for your default cold recovery diet

So both of those symptoms, the chills and cough,  I had before the possible virus, but today I just felt them more.

Which means maybe they were a setup, a weak spots in my health, and then catching the cold virus just made the symptoms worse.

In any case, I should  still treat them the same, warm and steamy things, warm shower, hot tub, warm drinks and food, turn up the thermostat a bit.

And by the end of this day I am feeling mostly better, so whatever it was,  whether virus or just worse symptoms of the menopause and throat irritation, I think I’m fighting  it off and will probably feel normal again by tomorrow.

Resting is a good thing for all of those!

Of course, the worry, especially with slightly unusual symptoms, is whether this is indeed a cold ORRRRR (cue dramatic music) could this be something more serious??? My mind races with the possible diseases this could be. There are so many to choose from!

So should I rush right in to the doctor to find out? Will a thousand dollar MRI scan reveal that my slight tickling cough in my chest is the beginning of a more horrible disease?

No, not yet. The right thing to do first is to try the OBVIOUS remedies for what the most obvious disease that my symptoms indicate!  Give it a few days with REST, Warm & Steamy diet and habits, and most likely it will go away quickly.

It’s only after you try the obvious remedies first, and then after you’ve eliminated the most likely probabilities if you still have unusual symptoms or symptoms that won’t go away, then, by all means scoot on in to see that expensive doctor, but only when you really need it.

The doctor, and you ,and I, and your pocketbook, and your appointment schedule, all would much prefer that you get better on your own!

103. Happy 2013– with a virus bug (part 1)

Happy 2013!

(with a virus bug)

practicing for my Toastmaster public speaking gave me a throat irritation which turned into a cough, probably  from the virus

This new year started well, with social dancing with friends till 1 a.m. New Years Eve — no alcohol, just a healthy modest Martinelli cider toast at midnight.

And then the next few days at home getting things back to my new normal, that is, more organized, but also feeling rather depressed and overwhelmed with too many responsibilities and so many new things I’m learning all at once. And all the things I THINK I’m supposed to do, but can’t get the energy to do.

The answer to depression?  Exercise!  And get stuff done!

But today, Friday, I’m skipping social dance tonight, wahhhh  :-(( because I’ve got a little virus in my chest, I think.

This morning I did go for an hour walk, and to my ballet class, but felt very peaked and tired, so came home and took a nap in the warm sunlight through the window.  And now I’m staying home, eating lots of canned, but healthy soup and teas. and catching up on computer work.

See, I AM following my own advice!

The boys have had a bit of a bug this week too, I noticed they were running the vaporizer in their bedrooms. Maybe I caught it from them?

But the symptoms are a little hard to tell, since I’m also having  similar symptoms from two other issues-

-the menopausal hot flashes, like spiking a sweaty fever alternating with deep chills, only today more so, have been going on for months.

And the other symptom is the tickle in my throat started after I did some breathing lung exercises last week for my Toastmaster public speaking practicing… I think it kind of irritated my throat a bit. And now that irritation seems worse, turned into a slightly phlegmy cough.

Continued in “Happy 2013” Part 2