Updated: Jul 7, 2021
We’ve all had fevers before. Whether it was spring fever, Bieber fever, or an actual spike in temperature. Luckily, these all eventually pass, but for pets, it’s not that simple. Have you ever noticed the first thing the vet does when you walk into an exam room with your pet? They take their temperature. That’s because it’s one of the most important pieces of information that you can gather on an animal right away. There are only a few factors that could cause a significant spike in body temperature for animals, and all of them need to be addressed immediately.
You may be asking how you, the pet parent at home, would know what circumstances warrant a temperature check of your pet. Most of the time, you won’t know until your pet is visibly sick and needs to be rushed to the hospital. The early symptoms for a high fever in dogs and cats is lethargy and occasionally a loss of appetite. These can be subtle and hard to catch, so if you don’t already own a thermometer, there is no way to know for sure. This is why having a product like Mella in your home could be wonderful and potentially life saving. By getting into the habit of using Mella on your fur-baby at home, it’ll allow both of you to get comfortable with temperature readings and also increase the chances of catching a health crisis early, rather than too late.
Pets need Mella, especially those who are less than a year old, those who have immune mediated diseases, are undergoing chemotherapy, are on steroids, live in areas with high tick prevalence, and who socialize with other animals frequently. And what’s the first thing to do if you suspect a problem? Take their temperature!