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Sometimes my dog's head will feel hot to the touch. What's the cause? This is a hot spot, not a body temp question. I've also just found a swelling in my dog's (5yr old Bassett/Lab mix) throat, possibly thyroid gland abnormality (vet apt. tomorrow to find out). Could this hot spot have been an early sign of a tumor since it may affect the jugular and it's supply of blood to the head?
My experience with dog's heads being warm is it's a part of their natural cooling process. Blood flows through the head area and circulates out to the ears to promote heat loss. It also circulates into the mouth area as panting is also used for heat transfer out of the body. Anywhere in the head that the blood flows is apt to warm up. Swelling in the throat area may be due to swollen lymph nodes, a swollen salivary gland, a dental abscess and possibly a thyroid issue. Usually with dogs a thyroid issue drops their body temperatures. Hope this helps you!
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