Cough, runny nose, hoarseness: what typically occurs in humans at cold time, our dogs are sometimes not spared. Here’s what you need to know about the symptoms and how you can help yourself.
In dogs, colds are similar to those of humans and are expressed by sneezing, nasal discharge, coughing and / or reduced general condition. A mutual infection of dog and human may occur, but is not so common.
In addition to relatively harmless colds, a more serious cause can be behind the symptoms. If thick or bloody mucus is coming out of your nose, your breath is rattling, or the symptoms persist, you should consult a veterinarian. It can u. A. are foreign bodies in the nose, kennel cough or even distemper, which must be better treated professionally as soon as possible. For all other cases where there is little discharge, the dog does not have a fever, and he does not seem apathetic, you can do a lot yourself to relieve the symptoms.
You can promote the self-healing powers of your dog by providing him with a warm and peaceful sleeping space, keeping him warm with a coat on the walk and protecting him. This means less and short walks and possibly no activities with other dogs, even wetness should be avoided. But if your dog gets wet in the snow or rain, dry it off as soon as possible. Also note that heating air is dry and moisturize the air to prevent the mucous membranes from drying out. Also make sure that your dog drinks enough water.
Inhaling can also provide relief. You can either use a special device or vaporize hot water with a larger vessel. You must be careful that the water is not too hot and your dog can not knock over the vessel. Either place your dog in a transport box and place the container next to it, put a towel over the box and leave it in the “steam cave”. Or you inhale with your dog together under a towel.
The rule is: inhale more often during the day and about 10 minutes, instead of once for an hour. You can add tea to the inhalation water to further support the regeneration of the mucous membrane. But not all teas are equally suitable for this purpose and highly concentrated essential oils can be harmful to the dog. To be on the safe side, you can use a special dog tea (such as ChronoBalance) that uses only dog-compatible ingredients.
Lastly, prevention is better than cure. Therefore, always make sure that your dog is well-fed and balanced in order to supply him with all the important nutrients, minerals, trace elements and vitamins. In special times of need, such as now in the wet-cold season, you can feed natural supplementation to prevent a deficiency.