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Sometimes my dogs head will feel very hot to the ...

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Sometimes my dog's head will feel very hot to the touch. She is not ill in any other way. I have another dog that has epilepsy and his head never gets hot like this. However, I belong to a group online of people with epileptic dogs and some of these people experience this hot head in their epi-dogs and they all assume that it is related to epilepsy. I don't believe it is, and I would really like to find out if any vets know or have ideas what causes this. I've read of a lot of dogs (both epileptic and not) that have this happen with no other illness, symptoms or problems at that time.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

You really can't tell much by the way that the head feels because a lot of the temperature is dependent upon the warmth of your hands, the temperature in the room and other factors.

I would not equate this with symptoms of epilepsy unless you are seeing symptoms of the disease, aside from warmth.

If you are worried about temperature, I would suggest that you pick up a baby's ear thermometer. You can use this safely and quickly (less than a few seconds) and it gives you a fast reading.

Let me know if you still have questions.