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What illnesses or conditions can give your dog a high fever?

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Your pooch may get a high fever (higher than 103 F) for different reasons:

  • Infections. Whether bacterial, fungal, or viral, infections can be anywhere on your dog’s body, including the lungs, kidneys, the brain, and skin. Fungal diseases can affect several areas of the body at the same time.
  • Vaccination. A low-grade fever for 24 to 48 hours after vaccination is not uncommon. It happens because the vaccine interacts with your dog’s immune system.
  • Toxins. Things that are poisonous to dogs, including macadamia nuts and some human antidepressants, can raise their body temperatures.

From: High Fever in Dogs WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Veterinary Information Network web site, Veterinarypartner.org: '' ;'' '' ;'' '' ;'' '' ;'' and '' .'' FeverHyperthermia (Heat Stroke, Heat Prostration)DistemperCanine InfluenzaVaccine FAQ and General Information

The Merck Veterinary Manual web site: '' .'' Fever of Unknown Origin

ASPCA web site: '' .'' Foods that are Hazardous to Dogs

ASPCA Professional web site: '' .'' Antidepressant drug overdoses in dogs

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Veterinary Information Network web site, Veterinarypartner.org: '' ;'' '' ;'' '' ;'' '' ;'' and '' .'' FeverHyperthermia (Heat Stroke, Heat Prostration)DistemperCanine InfluenzaVaccine FAQ and General Information

The Merck Veterinary Manual web site: '' .'' Fever of Unknown Origin

ASPCA web site: '' .'' Foods that are Hazardous to Dogs

ASPCA Professional web site: '' .'' Antidepressant drug overdoses in dogs

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 13, 2018

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