Cold and humid weather, sluggish weather, constant temperature fluctuations. Sometimes the weather in France puts a strain on our immune system, but also that of animals. Many owners have already experienced an episode of colds in dogs.
What are the typical symptoms of colds in dogs?
If your dog has a runny nose, doesn’t want to eat or go for a walk, these are clear signs to prove that your dog is sick. However, a dog with a cold may also have the following symptoms:
- Red mucous membranes
- Unusual fatigue
- Regular sneezing
- Nasal discharge
- Possible cough
- Sometimes a feverish evolution
How to treat a virus in dogs?
- Give your dog a few days off. Take a walk to get fresh air and dry your coat on your way home.
- Finally, make sure the dog hydrates sufficiently. If your little companion refuses to drink, add water to his croquettes or give him canned food.
- If your dog has no fever and is only very tired, homeopathic remedies can also promote the healing process and strengthen his immune system. However, if the cold does not go away after three days, please always consult a veterinarian.
- During a cold, staying warm is very important. For example, you can use an infrared heating lamp. Ten minutes per session is more than enough. Stay close to your dog during this time, as he should not come within half a meter of the lamp.
- Take your dog’s temperature. An average temperature can vary between 38 and 39 degrees. To facilitate insertion into the rectum, moisten the thermometer with Vaseline and insert it gently. If your dog’s temperature exceeds 39 degrees, you should have it diagnosed by a veterinarian.
- For puppies or senior dogs, consult a veterinarian for any type of symptom because their immune system is weakened. As a result, they are more dependent on drugs.
In case of a cold in the dog, please be careful to:
- Avoid contact with other dogs: the risk of contamination is high.
- Don’t give your dog medicines designed for humans.