Like humans, your dog can also “catch” a cold. Since the types of viruses that infect your dog are different from humans, there is no worry of catching your dog's cold. At the same time, you cannot infect your dog if you have a cold. If you notice your dog having the sniffles, do not administer cough and cold medicines on your own. These can contain ingredients that are harmful to your dog. Your dog's cold is usually a minor illness and can be treated easily at home. In this article, you will learn some home remedies on how to treat a dog with a cold.
Knowing when your dog has a cold
Before you learn how to treat a dog with a cold, it is important to learn how to spot it. Your dog may cough and sneeze on occasion and this is normal. But persistent sneezing and coughing may mean they have a cold. Symptoms of a cold in dogs are generally the same as humans.
Symptoms of a cold in dogs are generally the same as humans
- Runny nose
- Difficulty breathing
- Persistent sneezing and coughing
- Runny and watery eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Slow moving and lethargic
Now that we have identified the symptoms, it is time to know how to treat a dog with a cold.
Plenty of rest
When we are not feeling well, the best feeling is curling up in bed with a warm blanket. The same can be said for our dogs. When they have a cold, limit their time outside the house. Avoid exposure to cold weather. Keep them warm and dry. Let them stay indoors and comfortable. You may want to look into purchasing a nice doggy bed and blanket for them especially if you live in cold weather.
You must keep your dog warm and dry when he/she has a cold
Feed a warm, hearty meal
Your dog's senses diminish when they have a cold. They do not smell and taste as good as normal. Because of this, plus the fact they are not feeling well, they may lose their appetite. Try heating their meal to make the aroma stronger. Change up their food to entice them.
Lots of fluids
It is very important for your dog's recovery to be hydrated. Make sure your dog drinks plenty of water. Water is best for your dog to rehydrate. Avoid orange juice as this is not recommended for dogs. To help supplement his water intake, feed soup instead of juices.
When your dog has a cold, make sure he/she drinks plenty of water
As mentioned earlier, soup is a great way to rehydrate your dog. Best soup for colds is chicken soup or chicken broth. Chicken soup does help a lot in fighting a cold. It helps rehydrate, improves the immune system, and gives you nutrition to fight off the sickness. Make sure to use low sodium chicken broth. You can add some chicken breast, vegetables, and brown rice to complete a hearty meal.
Fruits and vegetables contain a lot of vitamins that are good for your dogs. Most dogs also enjoy eating them. Citrus fruits like oranges, however, should be avoided as they are not recommended for dogs. You may use vitamin supplements but consult your vet on the best fit for your dog.
Fruits and vegetables contain a lot of vitamins that are good for your sick dogs
Stem helps make your dog breathe easier. It keeps his bronchial passages moist and free. An easy trick is to use your bathroom's shower. Let the hot water run to steam your bathroom. Let your dog sit in the bathroom and breathe in the steam. Be sure to watch over your dog to avoid him touching the hot water. You can also use a good vaporizer. This allows you to add some essential oils and scents that can add into the benefits.
Nature's sweetener has a lot of properties that help fight colds. Naturally, honey contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. It helps soothe the throat when ingested as well. A teaspoon of honey 1-2 times a day is the recommended dosage.
Like honey, coconut oil also contains antibacterial properties. It helps fight viruses, bacteria, and fungi. You can give your dog a teaspoon a day directly, or mix it into his food. The strong scent of coconut oil can help entice your dog to eat his food.
Coconut oil is very good because it helps fight viruses, bacteria, and fungi
Is a dog's cold dangerous?
Now that you know some remedies on how to treat a dog with a cold, what should you watch out for? As mentioned earlier, this is a minor illness. However, it may be a symptom of a more serious condition. A cold can be just a symptom of more serious illnesses like parainfluenza. It is best to schedule a visit to the vet especially if you notice the following:
- Symptoms do not stop
- Symptoms get worse
- Dog does not want to eat or drink
- Develops a fever
- Obvious discomfort
Keep your dog happy and healthy by knowing how to spot if your dog has a cold. If he does catch one, you now know some remedies on how to treat a dog with a cold.