Does a dog have a fever if its nose is hot?

Our question this week was:

Does a dog have a fever if its nose is hot? My dog has been lethargic and the only other symptom is a hot wet nose.

Thanks Ginella


Hi Ginella– thanks for your email.

Great question! I often get calls and questions about how a dogs nose temperature and moisture determines health. I believe that the nose temperature and moisture rule is an "old wives tale". I've found no correlation between nose temperature and moisture and a dogs overall body temperature or health.

The only way to tell accurately if a dog has a fever is to take their temperature the good old-fashioned way – with a thermometer.

An article that might be helpful to you is on our is "How to take a dogs temperature"

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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