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What is the normal body temp for a dog. My dog's mouth

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What is the normal body temp for a dog. My dog's mouth mucousa seems very hot, he is restless and panting and seems to want to stay right on top of me. He had a little diarrhea yesterday. He did not sleep through the night and has not participated in any ohysical activity today. He is a 3.5 year old Swinford Bandogge which is a Mastiff hybrid. He weighs appx 130 lbs.
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Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

CriticalCareVet :

A normal rectal temperature for a dog is approximately 100-102.5F

CriticalCareVet :

If higher than 103, often that is considered a true fever.

CriticalCareVet :

A true rectal temperature is often needed, not just feeling their body.

CriticalCareVet :

Unless you take the temperature to say this is a true fever, it may not be.

Your temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit .

Their normal temperature is 100-102.5...

What this means...it is very normal for them to feel warmer as their normal temperature as compared to yours is warmer

CriticalCareVet :

If he is restless with diarrhea, he may have a gastroenteritis or colitis.

CriticalCareVet :

Therapies to consider include:

1) Starting a bland diet.

One option would be a veterinary prescription bland diet called Hill’s I/D (LINK HERE)

The second option would be a home-cooked bland diet. A common bland diet is boiled white rice and either boiled white meat chicken or boiled hamburger. Whichever protein source is chosen (chicken or hamburger) it is recommended to offer a mixture of 2/3 rice and 1/3 of the protein source.

2) Antacids for stomach upset (often one is chosen of the 3 choices below):
- Famotidine (Pepcid A/C) - LINK HERE (The typical dose administered is 0.25 to 0.5 mg per pound (0.5 to 1.0 mg/kg) every 12 to 24 hours.)
- Prilosec OTC (Omeprazole) - LINK HERE (The typical dose administered to animals is 0.25 to 0.5 mg per pound (0.5 to 1.0 mg/kg), every 24 hours or once daily.)
- Rantididine (Zantac) - LINK HERE (The typical dose administered to animals is 0.25 to 1 mg per pound (0.5 to 2 mg/kg), every 8 to 12 hours.)

CriticalCareVet :

But if the signs worsen or there is a true fever, best to have this evaluated by your vet before the signs have a chance to worsen.

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