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What does a warm nose, intermitant indicate, but with normal

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What does a warm nose, intermitant indicate, but with normal stools?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Welcome! My name is***** am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern.
A warm nose, by itself, can likely indicate nothing. A dog's core temperature is typically higher than our normal temperature, so a dog could feel warmer than us. But, let's say, it is significant. Well, if truly warmer than expected, it would only make me really want to get a rectal temperature. You can use any digital thermometer at home and take a rectal temperature. If over 103.0, you definitely want to go to a vet today, even if no other symptoms.
Now, the other concern would be if the warm nose is real and combined with other symptoms of illness like poor appetite, recent vomiting, recent (even if resolved) diarrhea.
So, at this age, even if basic testing including a routine blood and urine test has not been done in past 6 months (1 year at the longest), that is your next step. It would be a good idea anyway at this age. A true fever in a pet can be due to many possibilities including infection, cancer, inflammatory diseases, viral problems.
Good Luck!
Dr. Andy