Q. My 9 year old dog has a temp of 202.2 and a teary eye, laxadaisil. She is drinking water, apetite not so good for 2 days.

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A. Temperatures over 102.5 degrees F are usually considered a fever. If your dog is experiencing a temperature that is higher than this, it is best to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible. Fever can be an indication of a number of things and a fever that continues to rise may become an emergency situation.

Dogs that are not feeling well may also become lethargic or not want to eat if they feel ill, nauseated or are in pain. If your dog has had these symptoms in addition to a fever for several days, scheduling an appointment with your vet is best. In the meantime, keeping your dog hydrated and encouraging some eating with a bland meal of plain boiled chicken and plain white rice may help until she can be treated.

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