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World's Best Advice for your Common Cold!

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