If the dog shows signs of coughing and sneezing, plus a runny nose and eyes, this will probably be a straightforward cold so you must try not to stress too much. However, if the coughing and sneezing has become persistent then your dog could be struggling with Parainfluenza. If you suspect this, it is essential for dog health care you keep the dog apart from other dogs because the illness is extremely contagious. Get your pet to the vet’s.
One condition termed Canine Kennel Cough is characterised by a raspy cough with phlegm. This is much more serious, so if your dog’s signs or symptoms go on for more than a handful of days without any improvement, go to the vet’s. Another dangerous variance on respiratory infections in dogs is distemper. This is where cold signs or symptoms are coupled with gastro-intestinal problems. Dogs ought to be vaccinated against distemper, given it has a high death rate. Get your dog to the vet’s should you think that he has Distemper.
Commonly, less serious colds just like a typical common cold in humans will run its course in just a few days. If your dog has experienced cold signs or symptoms for more than ten days with no hint of improvement then you should take your pet to the vet’s where he will receive dog health care. The reason for this is that untreated colds and viruses which the dog’s own body has been struggling to fight off can develop into pneumonia which can be much more serious. This is characterised by coughing and difficulty breathing.
Regarding seeking treatment for the dog, usually only young puppies and more elderly dogs require professional help for uncomplicated common colds. Adult dogs that are on the whole in health can be cared for in the home in very much the same ways to how we’d look after ourselves if we got a cold. Do not try giving your dog over the counter cold treatments as there is a danger of overdose. Make sure your dog is kept warm and dry and restrict their time outside the house for the reason that cold could make breathing harder when their bronchial tubes already are a bit congested. As with people, dogs should stay properly hydrated, so give them some lukewarm chicken soup. You could also try out dog health care at home to make your dog more relaxed by letting him inhale warm steamy air in your bathroom after a hot shower for five minutes. It will help to relieve his congestion.
Keep in mind, if you are looking after your adult dog at home and the signs or symptoms become worse, he ceases eating or his coughing prevents him from sleeping then it is time to take him to the vet’s.