Q: I have 4 yr old Bichon. Since last night she is in pain, shaking, hiding all night behind the bed. She has a fever of 102 degrees. Can I give her some ibuprofen?
A: Absolutely not! Like most over the counter medications labeled for people, ibuprofen can be toxic to dogs. A normal dog temperature can be between 100 and 102.5 degrees when measured rectally. I am concerned about the shaking, hiding, and symptoms of pain. They are non-specific symptoms, but should be evaluated by your veterinarian right away. The best treatment can only be prescribed after an accurate diagnosis is made.