Just like humans dogs can catch a cold . Even though there is a difference in the type of viruses that cause human colds and dog colds, they suffer from the symptoms just as much as us.
The symptoms of a dogs cold are some or all of the following watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, stuffy noses or a runny nose and a general feeling of unwellness. These can also be signs of other problems such as allergies and infections.
One good thing is that that you can not catch your dogs cold and your dog can not catch yours.
You must be able to differentiate between the dog cold and other more life threatening conditions that a dog could contract. Such as kennel cough and canine distemper.
A parasite infection can also mimic the symptoms of a dog cold with coughing and breathing problems.
Dog asthma and allergies can cause coughing and sneezing fits in dogs.
You can help prevent your dog from catching a cold by keeping the dog inside during cold and wet weather.
Ensure that your pet lives clean with a nutritious diet and plenty of exercise.
If your dog gets wet while out in the rain ensure that you dry your pet off well when you return home.
How To Treat Your Dog's Cold
- If your dog is having mild symptoms and is not very ill you can treat the cold with lots of liquids.
- You should keep your dog warm and comfortable.
- Check their temperature.
- You could give your pet access to a humidifier.
- When your pet is sick you will need to clean his bedding, area and bowls more often.
- If you are unsure about anything its always best to contact your vet so that something more serious does not go uncovered
- You can make a nice chicken broth for your dog leaving out the dog unfriendly ingredients
- A course of antibiotics may be needed in some cases
- The cold should clear up within a week
- Like humans the very old and young suffer more and may need more care and attention with vet intervention to clear the cold
- Keep your sick dog away form your other dogs so that they don't catch the cold