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If you thought only humans are at a risk of catching a cold, think again! Dogs are just as likely to come down with a cold as their owners. Sneezing, coughing, runny nose, watery eyes – pretty much every symptom you can imagine having with a cold can be present in your dog. Much the same prevention methods come in handy when trying to keep your furball warm and healthy.Preventative Methods
Follow these simple methods and keep your dog from feeling under the weather –
- Put him on a diet of nutritious food. It will strengthen his immune system against germs and disease causing virus. Make sure your pet gets enough exercise, this will keep him in good form and help fight a cold.
- Don’t keep him outdoors for a sustained amount of time. Your dog may have a thick fur but not all of his body parts can stand the cold. His paw, nose and ears remain exposed and can easily catch him a cold. The only time it is permissible for him to be outdoors ought to be when he indulges in some form of exercise and keeps warm.
- Get him warm clothes. Why should you be the only one to dress up warmly during colder seasons? Dress your dog in a sweater or a jacket. He may not always be able to regulate his body heat.
- Don’t leave him out in the car alone. The insides of a car can cool down very quickly during winter. It is not a good idea to keep your dog locked in the car while you go run your errands.
- Make sure your dog gets plenty of rest. Downtime will help him recuperate shall he begin to exhibit signs of having a cold.
- Feed him enough fluids. Just like you would to yourself if down with a cold, your dog must get enough fluids into his body to keep from getting dehydrated.
- Steam helps with congestion. Run your dog a warm bath to help ease his congestion woes.
- If you have more than one dog, isolate the one with the cold from the rest. You may not catch a cold from your dog, but chances are your other dogs will.
- If the symptoms persist, fix an appointment with a veterinarian for a closer inspection. He/she may prescribe him antibiotics to help with the dog’s health. It is not advisable to administer these antibiotics without them being specifically prescribed by the vet.
If both you and your dog happen to catch a cold at the same time, don’t hesitate in sharing your chicken soup with him! As long as there aren’t any bones swimming in it, it will help him feel better just as it will do for you.