Signs of cold like sneezing and sniffling will be noticed in people as soon as the weather turns cold. People will sport watery eyes and red noses so that you would think Rudolph’s red nose is the current fad. As many people would have cold, Kleenex and hankies will be widely used. Noted to be the most affectionate and loyal pets, dogs seem to be one with the family even in illness as dogs can suffer from cold too. The dog may not have a reddened nose but for sure a dog can sniffle, sneeze, cough and have watery eyes – all telltale signs that the dog is affected by the cold weather.

Cold is an ordinary human illness that often times would not need any treatment. A bowl of soup or a cup of tea are the old fashioned cure-all for colds thus people would not really need cold pills. Humans and dogs are said to have many similarities in genetic so would you give the pet a bowl of soup for its cold? Cold weather is not the only reason why dogs can have colds. Similar to humans that can transmit the cold to other humans , dogs can get colds from other dogs too. A dog with a weak immune system can be easily affected by cold-causing germs and viruses.

We know how energetic and inquisitive dogs are. Dogs are seen often enjoying romping on the snow and heavy pouring rain would not stop a dog from trailing a prey and as expected, the dog would have a cold.

Colds are normally gone after a few days even without treatment thus people are not really worried about this “ordinary” ailment. Because dogs are tough, the cold of the pet will not really worry the owners. But it would not hurt the dog if the owner will make the dog more comfortable. First off is to keep the pet warm.

Dogs must not be allowed to play in the cold lest the cold develops into a more serious illness. Supportive therapy would prevent the pet’s cold from getting worse. Provide the dog with healthy food that will build the strength of its immune system. The dog will benefit from vitamins and supplements too. A steam filled bathroom will unclog the nasal passage and allow the dog to breathe more easily. Give the dog plenty of water to drink as more fluids will hasten the dog’s recovery. Take the pet to the vet’s at once if the dog is already showing signs of distress.

Sarah’s Dogs provides more information on what to do if your dog has a cold as well as first aid for dogs.

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