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Pet Health

How to identify if your dog has a cold?

Dear pet-parent, do you know your dogs can get cold too? Many of us are aware of the common serious illness in dogs like kennel cough and giardia. But not all of us know about the common cold that our pets can catch.


Dog Cold Virus: Virus is one of the main factors for causing cold in both humans and in dogs. Usually, when people talk about catching a cold, they are actually referring to a wide range of viruses. They are grouped under the same category because of the similar symptoms they cause like sneezing, sore throat, runny eyes, and nose, etc. The same goes for dogs. There are several different viruses that cause cold symptoms in dogs. The most common viruses include canine respiratory Coronavirus, Canine Parainfluenza virus, and Bordetella bronchiseptica.

The Common Dog Cold Symptoms include nasal congestion and discharge, a little difficulty to breathing through the nose, Occasional coughing, Mild fever, runny eyes, Sneezing.

Dog Sneezing and coughing

These are the first symptoms of your dog getting cold. Just like humans it indicates a poor immune system and can be self-recovered in a few days. But if the illness persists it may indicate a serious problem.

Dog Congestion

If you see your dog breathing heavily or have difficulty breathing then it is likely that your dog has nasal or respiratory congestion. When you see these symptoms the best course of action to take is to take your pet to a vet.

Dog watering eyes

A watery eye may indicate cold or infection of your dog’s ear, nose or throat. In case of infections, your dog may show other symptoms like redness of the eyes, irritation, pain, blinking more than usual, rubbing and scratching of eyes. Eye discharges are usually present in infections that are advanced.

Though few of these less serious symptoms can be treated at home, it can also indicate a more serious disease such as Kennel cough, parasites, dog flu, parainfluenza virus, canine bronchitis, fungal infection or canine distemper.

If your pet is from the breed called Brachycephalic, or flat-faced breeds, they are more prone to breathing problems and even a simple cold can be serious. The reason behind this is because of the structure of their nose and nasal passages. They show extreme symptoms like  Snorting, Wheezing and increased snoring. And since they already have narrow nasal passages they are more prone to congestion and the trapped mucus will more likely become a secondary infection like pneumonia.

It is always a good idea to take your dog to the veterinarian in case of respiratory infection as he can identify if its anything serious or not. The cold can also become life-threatening in an old or very young dog as their immune systems are either weak (in the case of an elderly dog) or not yet fully formed (in the cases of puppies).

How to treat your dog’s cold?

We all hate cold! The same goes for our pets. Here are some of the home remedies that can help alleviate the symptoms of a cold.

Inhale Steam

Run a hot bathtub or shower so steam builds up in your toilet or use a typical vaporizer within the room wherever your dog sleeps.

Just as with humans, steam can help clear up his nasal passages.

Drinking and eating

Make sure your pup is drinking plenty of water and keep him hydrated throughout. Don’t give him orange juice; it’s good for people, not for pets. It is better to simply give him plain water. You can also add a bit of low sodium chicken or beef broth to the water.

Taking Rest

Plenty of rest is needed for a dog with a cold. It’s probably not a good idea to take your pet on long walks until his symptoms improve. Also, try to restrict playtime for a hyperactive dog.

Try Herbal Remedies

Herbs are rich in vitamin C and help in boosting your dog’s immune system.

Safe flavoring remedies for dogs include elderberry extract or flowers, colloidal silver, and mullein flowers. Check with a holistic doctor to know the acceptable amounts of herbs that can be given to your pet and also how to administer them.

Feed them Chicken Soup

Who doesn’t love a bowl of hot chicken soup when we have a cold? While it may sound strange, lukewarm chicken soup can be as beneficial to dogs in fighting a cold as it can be for humans. Make sure that soup contains has a low sodium level or simply doesn’t add salt to the soup.

Please do not give your own medicine for the pets without consulting the vet. As mentioned earlier, be sure to take him to a vet to get his symptoms checked if he looks sick, so you can be sure it’s not anything serious.


Pet Health

Are you walking your dog right?

Dogs love going for walks no matter how old they are. It allows them to go out and explore. Just like humans, dogs do need a break from their routine life and going out on walks helps them relieve stress and get fresh air.

Walking has also proven to have increased the bond between the owner and the pet. It is a good exercise to take your dog out on a walk when they are bored. This not only kills their boredom but also increases their love for you.

Here are a few things that you must know before taking your dog out on a walk.

How to prepare your dog for a walk?

Have a fixed time to walk your dog

What worries most of the pet parents is finding the right time to walk their dog. Walking your dog is as important as anything else that you do in a day. Make sure that you have a fixed time to walk your dog. This ensures that there is a balance in your dog’s metabolic rate.

Also, when you make this a routine, you will not skip out on it. This will turn out as a benefit for both you and your dog. If you are someone who has limited physical activities, taking your dog out on a walk is a chance for you to sweat out as well.

Have a fixed distance and route

Have about 2-3 routes and make sure that you walk your dog in the same route. This will allow you and your dog to make friends. As a pet parent, you must know how far your dog can walk. Make sure that you adhere to it. In case your dog does not want to walk or sits down while walking, chances are that they have a problem in their legs. Visit a Vet immediately. Problems such as socket articulation disorder can be treated if identified earlier.

Do not force your dog if he does not walk. Dogs love walking, if they do not want to walk, it means that they are either cranky or something is not right in their body.

Find the right kind of harness

The harness that you use to walk your dog is very important. This determines how comfortable both you and your dog are going to be while walking. A harness gives you complete control over your dog. A lot of dog parents prefer using a harness over a collar as it does not strain the dog’s neck. Using a collar renders a force at the back of the neck when the dog walks forward causing Ocular Proptosis. It also helps in breaking the pulling habit.

There are different types of the harness that are available.

  • Front clip harness
  • Back clip harness
  • Head Collar harness

Carry poop bags

As a responsible pet owner, you need to make sure that you leave no traces. Get a bag holder that you can attach to your dog’s leash or stuff a few covers in your pocket before going for a walk. Pick up the poop and deposit the filled bags in the dustbin. Keeping the neighborhood clean is our responsibility as well.

Carry water for your pet

This is a must when you are walking your dog during summer. Dogs often get tired and dehydrated when they walk for a long time. Make sure that you carry enough water and in case you feel that your pooch is getting dehydrated, stop and make him/her drink the water immediately.

Carry essentials

Depending on the season your essentials to walk your dog will vary. When it is summer, it is best to walk your dog in the evenings. Check the heat on the floor before you start walking. The best way to check that is to put your palm on the floor and see how hot it is. If it is hot for you then it is hot for your dog as well. Talk to your Vet and get cooling pads for your dog’s paws if you live in a high-temperature zone.

During winter, make sure that you fully clothed your dog with shoes and sweaters before you take him/her out.

Ask before you let your dog make friends

Do not assume that every dog you meet will be as friendly as your dog. Make sure that you ask the fellow pet owner the nature of their dog before you let yours make contact with them. If either of the dogs show signs that are not comfortable, retreat immediately.

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