With the cooler temperatures rolling in, sneezing and coughing have been increasing over the past few weeks. However, humans aren’t the only ones who can catch the common cold. Our animals can too!
The symptoms for your pet will most likely mirror your cold symptoms: runny nose, sneezing, coughing and watery eyes. However, since your animal can’t just tell you it has a cold, you need to be sure that symptoms aren’t caused by something more serious. If your pooch is vomiting, has diarrhea or is lethargic, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Those types of symptoms are indicators for a more serious illness, such as the flu or poisoning. Also, if your animal is either young or old, schedule an appointment with the vet, just to be sure. Dogs at either end of the age scale tend to have weaker immune systems. If your pet is simply sneezing or coughing, but otherwise appears to be in good health, it is most likely just the common cold. To help treat it, make sure there is a good supply of water available. Fun fact: you can feed your pooch chicken noodle soup, just be sure to leave out the bones! Your furry friend may also need an extra blanket or two to keep warm.
To prevent a cold and many other illnesses, help your pet maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. That’s the best solution to keep your pooch’s immune system in shape to fight off those nasty germs.
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