Even dogs are susceptible to common cold. The two most common virus groups that cause colds among dogs are parainfluenza virus and coronavirus. However, even Type 2 adenovirus can also infect dogs resulting in colds. If you notice your dog having symptoms of cold, ensure that you treat it immediately. Otherwise, the cold can escalate to pneumonia or other chronic respiratory ailments.
Generally, cold in dogs is not serious, but it can be debilitating. Some of the common symptoms that dogs will have include runny nose, sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, lack of appetite, congestion in the chest, and reduced levels of activity. Usually, dogs do not get fever when suffering from colds. In case fever is present along with the aforementioned symptoms, then in all probability the dog is suffering from influenza and should be taken to a vet.
While colds in dogs do not require medical intervention, you should still take measures to rid the dog of it. The cold will make the dog’s immune system weak, and this can be dangerous if the dog is a puppy or older dog. As the cold virus is contagious, it is best to isolate the dog to prevent it from spreading the infection to other house pets.
Here are some ways that you can get rid of a cold if your dog is suffering from one:
• Steam inhalation is an effective remedy to help with many symptoms of cold. It can help to drain out mucus, reduce coughing and ease the breathing. Just run some hot water in the bathroom and allow the steam to fill up the room. Keep the dog in the steamed bathroom for 10 minutes.
• Ensure that the dog is given a lot of fluids in the form of water and broth. This will help to dilute the mucus and keep the body hydrated.
• The lack of appetite can be tackled by ensuring that the dog is encouraged to eat its favorite food and treats. This will help in boosting the immune system and give the dog the ability to fight the infection. It will help speed the recovery process.
• Chest congestion is a common problem among dogs suffering from common cold. This makes it difficult for the dog to breathe. Keep a humidifier in the room to ease breathing difficulties and drainage of mucus.
• The cold can result in secondary lung infection. Hence, it is imperative to keep the dog warm. Do not expose the dog to cold air. Do not let the dog spend too much time outdoors.
• Feed the dog one teaspoon of colloidal silver to treat the cold. Generally, the amount of colloidal silver depends on the age and general health of the dog. Consult a vet if you are unsure.
If the above remedies do not ease the cold, then take your dog to the vet. The vet may prescribe antiviral medications, cough suppressants, decongestants and/or vitamin supplements to hasten the recovery.