Fever

thermometerFever is a symptom of many ailments, some more serious than others. It’s important that you get to the root of the problem, instead of just focusing on the symptom.   With that said, you ought to know that the normal body temperature of a dog or cat is about 101.5°F. Anything below 100°F and above 103°F is cause for concern and you ought to contact your holistic veterinarian.

catbuttThere are other methods, but the most common way to take a dog or cat’s temperature is with a rectal thermometer. Use petroleum jelly or KY jelly to lubricate the tip of the thermometer so it slides easily into the rectum. In an emergency, it’s better to use saliva than nothing at all.

Some dog and cat owners prefer to keep an ear thermometer in their animal’s first aid kit. Using a regular thermometer in the mouth or the armpit is not recommended.

Belladonna 30c  is the homeopathic medicine of choice for fever. Give one dose of one to three pellets, depending on the size of your pet, and allow no food or water for thirty minutes.

The normal body temperature of a dog or cat is 101.5°F.