When the pet has an increased body temperature or fever that can be recurrent. A body temperature of at least 103.5° F (39.5° C) is considered a fever. A fever is a response to a disease or threat. As with humans, a fever is beneficial for the dog or cat's immune system. However, if the fever goes on for an extended period of times, it is advised to consult a veterinarian as a medical treatment might be needed.
How to Recognize
A pet's normal temperature is usually between 100 and 102.5 F. Pets are considered to have a fever above 103 F, and fevers above 106 F can cause permanent damage to your pet and its organs. Shivering, vomiting, and fatigue are common signs that your pet may have a fever.
Causes of Fever
It is normal for your pet to run a low-grade fever within 2 days of receiving a vaccination. A fever may be a sign that your pet is trying to get toxins out of its body or is fighting an infection.
Treatment for Fever
If your pet has a fever above 103 F, you should call your veterinarian. If your pet is running a fever above 106 F, seek emergency care for your pet immediately.
When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.