Colds in dogs symptoms and treatment
Posted on October 09 2018
Coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge ... These are some of the most common signs of colds in humans. These are also symptoms that are observed in dogs when they have a cold.
In the same way that we can catch cold, dogs too can catch a cold when the thermometer comes down. Although they are generally less sensitive to low temperatures than humans, their natural defenses may not be enough to protect them from the onslaught of winter.
The cold is usually not serious in dogs, especially if it is taken care of quickly. However, we must remain vigilant and make sure that coughing or sneezing does not hide something more worrying. By learning to recognize the symptoms and adopt good reflexes , you can make sure that your dog is recovering in the best conditions if he caught a cold.
Signs that may suggest a cold in your dog
As a rule, the cold is not a source of concern for your dog's health. It can last a few days and heal completely, without subsequently affecting the body of the animal.
The symptoms of canine cold are much the same as ours. The sick dog can, in fact, start to sneeze repeatedly. It can also be won by a coughing fit or having the truffle flowing. So far, we are dealing only with minor signs that suggest it is only a mild cold.
On the other hand, if the symptoms worsen , are accompanied by other manifestations (high fever, lethargy, vomiting, loss of appetite ...) and last a long time , you will have to consider other types of more serious affections, like the kennel cough . A visit to the veterinarian is, in this case, highly recommended. The latter is the only one who can establish an accurate diagnosis before referring you to the appropriate treatment.
What to do if your dog catches a cold snap?
Do not panic if your dog has caught cold. Tell yourself that colds usually go away on their own after a few days. However, it will be necessary to spare him and offer him the conditions favorable to his cure.
The time output will be reduced to not further weaken the animalYou will also have to reduce his exercises to allow him to rest
Make sure he drinks enough water . Always leave his bowl of fresh water near him
Reserve him a comfortable and warm place where he can sleep and regain strength
Make sure he is surrounded by calm to encourage his rest
A condition that can be passed on to other dogs
If adult dogs with no other conditions are recovering well enough from their colds, puppies and older animals should be particularly watched as their bodies are much more vulnerable.
Know, moreover, that a dog with a cold can contaminate its congeners. If you have more than one, it would be best to keep the sick animal out of the way until it heals. Canine cold is not transmitted to humans, however.