Although it’s not something to be alarmed about, dog’s can also suffer from colds. Actually it’s a pretty common sickness that dogs get. Regardless, colds are not something that you should be complacent about just because it happens a lot. So what are the symptoms that you should look out for?
Possible Symptoms of Colds
Usually the first thing that you have to look out for is when your dog starts to sneeze. That means a lot of sneezing. He will then start to have runny eyes while his nose starts to have a yellowish-green discharge which is also known as mucous. You may then start hearing your dog cough from time to time as well.
So How Do I Treat This?
When you suffer from a cold, you usually take medicines and lots and lots of water. This should also be done for your dog. Try to increase your dog’s fluid intake, however, most often than not, dogs who suffer from colds try to avoid water. So try giving him a different remedy, like for example, adding broth to his water.
Just like humans, dogs can benefit from steam treatment. Remember how you would often try to put your face in front of a steamer whenever you have a cold? You can also do this for him. Try putting him in a bathroom and fill the room with steam. Let him stay in there for a couple of minutes, fifteen minutes maximum, three times a day. And you will definitely see an improvement from his colds.
Prevention is Better than Cure
No dog owner likes to see their dog suffer from any kind of sickness, even if it’s just a cold. So it’s always best to try and prevent your dog from getting sick. You can do this by feeding him healthy foods. There are too many options of dog foods out there, but make sure you get a high quality dog food that can provide your dog all the nutritional value he needs. Most people think that giving your dog any type of food is good enough, which couldn’t be farther from the truth. But of course, giving your dog a healthy diet will increase and boost your dog’s immune system, and will in return help him fight off any possible sickness. It is also essential for you to provide your dogs vitamins. There are many types of vitamins out there, so make sure you do your research to find the best quality dog vitamin available and your dog will benefit greatly, not only be reduced illnesses but in his quality of life and longevity.