How to Prevent and Treat Colds in Dogs
Your dog sneezes have boogers, coughs cry his eyes and are down. Everything seems to indicate that he has a cold. And yes, animals are not exempt from this type of ailments and also catch a cold.
To be more precise, the term used by veterinarians is an upper respiratory infection and is produced by viruses similar to those that affect humans, although they are not the same.
Therefore, even if your pet cannot tell you, you probably also have a headache and muscle, general malaise and even some fever lines.
Tips to prevent colds in dogs
As the old saying goes: “prevention is better than cure”, especially if it is avoidable pathologies, taking some precautions to keep your dog away from snot and sneezing. For example:
- Protect it from sudden changes in temperature and air currents.
- Heat and cool your home in reasonable terms.
- Do not take your dog for a walk at times when temperatures can be extreme.
- If it is very cold or rainy, warm it with some type of clothing for dogs at the time of your walk.
- Dry your hair well after bathing or if it got wet.
- If you have to leave it a few days in a canine residence, make sure the veterinarian has given you the kennel cough vaccine.
- Provide a quality diet with the necessary nutrients.
- Keep your dog well clean and sanitize its spaces well.
- Do not expose it to dust or cigarette smoke.
- Remember to deworm it periodically and have your vaccines up to date.
Tips for treating cold dogs
If you followed all the advice but you still could not prevent your dog from getting sick, here are some issues you should consider when trying to relieve the cold off your beloved pet.
- Redouble your efforts so you don’t get cold.
- Reduce your activity levels. Make sure the walks are short and at times when the rain or cold is not excessive
- Do not force him to exercise. Remember that you will feel lethargic because of your illness.
- Ensure a quiet and warm place where you can rest and recover.
- Keep it well hydrated. Check that you always have fresh water at your fingertips.
- Put it in the bathroom and open the hot water tap. The steam that will form will help you breathe much better.
- If you notice that you have stopped drinking, try giving water with a syringe and moisten your feed.
- Stimulates your appetite and, in passing, promotes hydration, preparing a homemade chicken broth.
- Do not meditate on your own, let alone if your idea is to give appropriate remedies for people and not for animals. They can be toxic and cause irreversible ailments in organs as sensitive as the liver.
Consult the veterinarian. Even if you plan on giving him a homemade medicine.
Keep in mind that, as with humans, your dog’s cold should subside within a few days. If this does not happen, or your situation worsens, consult your veterinarian. Pay special attention to these signs on your pet:
- Stop drinking.
- That is decidedly uncomfortable.
- It seems that there is a rattle in his chest.
In these cases, your dog may need an antibiotic to overcome his illness.
Also, puppies and elderly dogs should be checked by a professional even if they do not have serious pictures in appearance.
Also keep in mind that other diseases can be confused with the cold, as is the case with distemper, a very contagious pathology – caused by a virus – and that attacks dogs of all ages.
The distemper mainly affects the respiratory tract, the gastrointestinal tract and, in severe cases, the nervous system of pets.
So, if your best furry friend has caught a cold, the best thing you can do is redouble your patience and your affection for him, take good care of him and observe his evolution.
It will surely get well right away. And, if you need professional help, your veterinarian will know how to advise you on the most appropriate tools to overcome this annoying trance in the best possible way.