Q. My dog is running a fever and I was wondering if it is okay to give him baby fever relief?

A. Treating your pet at home without having seen your vet first could mask symptoms that could lead to a quicker diagnosis should it become necessary for your pet to be examined.

Absolutely DO NOT give your dog Tylenol, or any other human analgesic or NSAID. At best, they cause gastric bleeding, at worst they are toxic to liver and kidneys. Consult your veterinarian before giving your dog medications of any kind.

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A. It is never a wise idea to give a dog any medication without the express approval of your veterinarian. Baby fever relief, in particular, is toxic to dogs. Aspirin, Tylenol, Aleve, Motrin, Advil, and other such drugs can have serious side effects and should not be used on dogs. A dog's normal rectal temperature is 100 to 102.5 degrees. If your dog's is significantly higher, it may indicate infection. A fever medication would mask symptoms when you bring him to the vet, which you should do if you are concerned.

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