A fever in a dog occurs when the internal body temperature is above normal. There are many illnesses and infections which cause fevers, and your veterinarian can perform tests to see what is causing the temperature to spike. When a dog has a fever, the feeling is much the same way as when you have one. Wanting to lay around a lot, sleep, and being in a “do-nothing” mood is typically what occurs. You may have already taken your dog to the veterinarian to see what is going on, and for whatever reason of the fever, you will need to take it easy with your companion. However, there are activities you can do with your dog when a fever occurs, and although not physically tiring, they are still things your dog may enjoy. Helping them through their malaise will make you feel better as a dog owner and will show your dog much love and compassion.
While your dog is laying or sitting down, show your dog a treat. Then, hide the treat in one hand or under a cup and see if your dog can find it. You can also use pieces of boiled chicken instead of actual dog treats, as it is softer and easier on the belly!
While laying or sitting with your dog, let your dog put a squishy ball in their mouth while you give a gentle tug at it. This is a more gentle form of tug of war, and can be done while your dog is resting. It will still allow your dog to get a little activity in between naps!