Last Modified on Oct 18, 2013
Natural Remedies to Lower or Break a Fever in Your Pet
Just like humans, it is quite common for our pets to suffer from a fever when they are feeling a bit under the weather. There are many factors that could contribute to your pet's sudden onset of fever. Perhaps they have caught a little flu bug, eaten something that didn't agree with them, endured some type of trauma or been exposed to an infection of some sort.
There are a few signs that might indicate to you that your pet could be suffering from a higher than normal temperature. The animal may be acting somewhat cranky, may avoid eating or drinking, might appear lethargic or perhaps might even be found hiding in a quiet area. However the only definite way to determine if your pet has a fever is to take its temperature.
You will need to take the animals temperature rectally, and it is for this reason that you should use a digital thermometer rather than a glass, mercury one. (You don't want to take a chance the that thermometer will break and injure the pet.) Use some petroleum jelly to lubricate the thermometer and while lifting the pet's tail, carefully and gently insert it about half way into the rectum. Wait until the digital thermometer beeps and then remove it. The normal temperature of a cat or dog ranges between 101F and 102.5F, therefore anything above 103F should be considered abnormal.
A great homeopathic remedy for a fever in your pet is to use a treatment of Aconite.
My golden retriever was hiding under our dining room table this morning when I got up instead of on her bed in our bedroom. Last night she was fine. She did her business in the yard, but refused breakfast. I made her some boiled chicken, which she ate. I decided to take her to the vet, who told me she has a low grade fever (103. 1) and ran a blood panel on her and found nothing out of the ordinary. She is still panting and lethargic this afternoon. Anything I can do to help her? Does this sound like a virus? The only thing different is that I opened a new bag of dog food 2 days ago. Otherwise, nothing... She normally goes on 2 walks a day. Thank you in advance!!
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