In fact, when a dog has hot ears are a not necessarily a sign of illness and increased body temperature. First of all, avoid panic and examine the pet in order to determine for certain if there is a necessity to consult a veterinarian or there is no cause for worry.
Note!The body temperature of an animal cannot be determined by simply touching it. It has to be measured rectally with a safe electronic thermometer. Local inflammation, of course, is obvious the skin is hot, possibly swollen. Therefore, a hot ears are not the most accurate indicator.
Normal body temperature for a dog caries between 37 to 39 degrees. If it is slightly increased, that is, one or two degrees, and the animal does not show any signs of deterioration in health, you just need to keep supervising the pet’s condition. It is also a good idea to make a resting place for the dog somewhere in a dark, cool nook and provide fresh water for drinking. Measuring the temperature in a few hours will determine whether you need to contact the vet or not. After all, it may be the dog has simply been sleeping in the sun.
Since the thermal exchange of an animal differs from that of a human, we have to look for specific specific signs like uncharacteristically hot paw pads and ears. That is how cats and dogs get rid of excess heat in their bodies, as they cannot ooze sweat like humans do. Here are the main symptoms of overheating in pets:
- hot ears;
- wet and warm paw pads;
- heavy panting with tongue hanging out;
- lack of appetite.
If the dog has also begun to vomit, it cannot stand, the possibility of a heat stroke is great. The pet must be urgently delivered to the vet. The pet’s condition can be facilitated until visiting the clinic by constant access to water and rest in a cool and dark place with properly moisturized air.
When playing, the animals also warm up, their skin is warmer all over their body, and on their ears as well. It is absolutely normal – the same occurs to humans when we are active. Therefore, this be the case, there is nothing to worry about.
Some animals, have “fever” when stressed. Hot ears on dogs occur when they are nervous. This is not a real fever, the dog is perfectly healthy. After drinking some water and calming down, the pet’s body temperature will return to normal. If this did not happen and the dog’s condition worsens, if there is vomiting or panting, a nervous breakdown can be suspected. Be sure to visit a veterinarian to get a treatment program for the pet.
- Otitis. The cause of inflammation may be a wound, an insect bite, an infection (general or local), parasites. In such cases, the dog often has hot ears, usually one, and rarely both. Its behavior also changes: it shakes head and scratches ears, temples. A visit to the doctor will be a good idea to determine the exact cause of otitis and have a concomitant therapy.
- Allergies can also manifest through hot, swollen ears. Moreover, this can happen due to dermatoses, and in case of serious food or medication intolerance. The symptom is individual and depends on underlying and chronic pathologies. By the way, otitis often develops on the background of atopic allergies. Their manifestation is also accompanied by common infectious diseases, that cause significant increase of body temperature rises and mucous membranes are affected.
The temperature of the dog’s ears can really give an idea of the state of the animal’s health, but not always hot ears in dogs are a dangerous symptom. They become warmer not only in heat and when the pet has a fever, but also after active games, bathing, exciting or stressful events. In order to determine if there is any danger to the pet’s health, the dog has to be carefully examined and its behavior monitored. When no suspicious concomitant symptoms are noticed you can quit worrying.