Activities For Dogs With Fever

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Introduction

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.

Homemade Soup

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Any Day
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Easy
45 Minutes
Items needed
Rice
Green Beans
Carrots
Boneless chicken
Activity description
Just like you, if your dog has a fever, he may want a little something to eat that is more "bland" or "basic" than his regular food. This is just fine, just be sure to consult with your veterinarian before preparing and serving this dish. Classic chicken soup with a little rice will make your dog feel warm inside and satisfied, while helping them rest better and maybe sleep through the night.
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Boil ingredients
Boil the cut-up chicken pieces, frozen or fresh green beans, rice, and carrots for about thirty minutes. You may want to check to be sure the chicken is done and the veggies are soft, and this may take longer than 30 minutes, depending on thickness and consistency.
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Drain
Drain the items, but keep some of the water. The water does hold a lot of the nutrients your dog needs. You may even with to not drain the items and, instead, store everything in a container in order to keep the nutrients in the water.
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Feed
Put the soup in your dog's bowl. You may even wish to feed them small spoonfuls at a time, if your dog is not eating much and doesn't want to get up. If your dog is not interested, then store the soup in a container and put it in the refrigerator for another day!
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Cool Down

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15 Minutes
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Cold compresses
Activity description
When you have a fever, you may enjoy cooling compresses. The coolness may help you sleep better and get the rest you need. The same goes for your unwell dog. Using several cooling compresses on your dog can help them to relax and be able to rest better. The cooling sensation will also comfort them. Again, check with the veterinarian before trying this; the vet can confirm the timing, where to place the compresses, how often to do it, and will suggest after care as well.
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Refigerate compresses
Keep the compresses in the refrigerator for the day before use. Do not freeze them as this may be too cold or harsh for your fevered dog. This way they will be ready to apply to your dog in several places on his body.
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Apply compresses
Apply the cool compresses around your dog's paws and ears. Sit with him as he rests with the cooling sensation. You can pet him and keep him calm. Use the cool compresses on your dog for about 15 minutes a few times per day.
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Chill them again
Put the cold compresses back in the refrigerator for the next cooling session. Many compresses can be reused. If you used an ice pack or other type of cooling method, such as a washcloth with cold water, then you do not need to do this step.
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Ball Roll

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10 Minutes
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Small, soft ball
Activity description
Just because your dog has a fever doesn't mean some sort of activity is not on the menu! Of course, your dog may not feel up to a physical activity, but this activity can be done with your dog at a resting position. The mental stimulation, attention, and affection that you show your canine pal will be welcomed as they rest.  Who knows? They may still participate a bit, and it is worth a try! If they choose to watch instead, pat them reassuringly and provide a bit of ball rolling entertainment.
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Sit on the floor
Sit on the floor several feet across from your dog. You dog may be in their dog bed resting or resting on the floor. If your dog is on the couch or bed, encourage (without forcing) your dog to come down for a bit.
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Roll the ball
Slowly roll the ball towards your dog and see how your fevered fellow reacts. Your dog may just watch it roll on by, or actually pick it up and bring it back to you! It is worth a try, and if your dog does not feel it, then just allow for more resting time.
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Find another ball
If your dog would like to participate in this activity, find another ball or two (or even another fetch toy) to use in the activity. Using more than one item may stimulate your dog a bit - just remember to keep the activity calm and short.
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Find the Treat

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!

Squishy Ball Tug of War

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!

Conclusion

If your dog has a fever, chances are they aren't going to want to get up and romp around with you, even if your companion is accustomed to this type of activity. That is okay, though, because there are ways to keep your buddy mentally stimulated and getting the rest they need, all while recovery is happening.