Can you tell if a dog has a fever by touch?

A dog with a fever will have a temperature of 103 degrees F or higher, and he will often show symptoms such as panting, lethargy or acting tired, and shivering. … Don’t rely on the “nose touch” for a fever diagnosis. The best way to evaluate if your dog has a fever is to take his temperature.

How can you tell if a dog has a temperature without a thermometer?

How to take your dog’s temperature if you don’t have a thermometer
  1. Feel your dog’s ears and paws. Dogs have a slightly higher temperature than humans, so his ears and paws should only be slightly warmer than your hands. …
  2. Feel and check your dog’s nose. …
  3. Check your dog’s gums. …
  4. Feel your dog’s groin area and armpits.