grey Dogs and Colds
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Cold symptoms for humans include sneezing, coughing, headaches, runny or stuffy noses, watery eyes, and sometimes fever.  These are things we experience when we have a cold, but what about dogsCold symptoms for a dog are basically the same so what can you do to protect your dog from catching a cold?  And if your dog does come down with a cold, what can you do to treat it?

There are some things we can do for our canine friends to help prevent them from getting a cold.  Giving your dog a healthy meat based diet and clean filtered water is one way to help keep him healthy.  Also, make sure he has plenty of fresh water.  You should change your dog’s water at least once a day and you should clean their bowl each day.  If you feed your dog canned food, buy the canned dog food that has the fewest ingredients and the most meat protein.  It is a good idea to avoid the grain based foods that are found in the grocery store.  Giving your dog a good dog vitamin supplement will also help keep your dog healthy and just like us, it is important for your dog to get plenty of exercise.  You can also help to prevent a cold by keeping your dog inside during cold, wet weather.  The cold temperatures don’t cause your dog to get a cold, but over exposure to unfriendly temperatures or environments make it easier for your dog to catch a cold.

As mentioned before, a dog’s symptoms are a lot like our symptoms they just can’t tell us how they feel! Colds cannot be passed from humans to dogs or vice versa, so there is no need to worry about catching your dog’s cold or to worry about your dog catching your cold.  If your dog is coughing or sneezing, but seems to be in good health otherwise, you may be able to treat his cold as you would a simple human cold.  We usually treat minor human colds with lots of liquids, healthy foods, warmth, and sometimes we might even use a humidifier to help with our clogged up noses.  Your dog also needs lots of liquids.  If he won’t drink water, you might put some broth in his water.  This might give him an incentive to drink when he isn’t wanting to drink!  You might also try giving him chicken soup, but make sure there aren’t any bones in the soup.  Chicken soup is a healthy food and your dog would probably love it!  You can also put a humidifier near his sleeping area to help loosen up his sinuses and lungs.

Of course, if symptoms get worse or don’t get better after a few days, you need to take your dog to the vet.  If you have other dogs, keep your sick dog separated from the other dogs while they are in the house to help prevent them from getting sick.  Also, remember your dog doesn’t feel good so you will need to take extra special care of him and pamper him until he feels better!

If your vet prescribes medication for your pet, don’t forget that you can always order online and a lot of times the medicine will be less expensive. Keep in mind that you will have to have the prescription from your vet to be able to place the order. If you are thinking about giving your dog a vitamin supplement you can also order those online along with many other items such as pet foods, flea and worm treatments, pet shop items, and of course…prescription and non prescription medications. One such online store is www.viovet.co.uk. Viovet makes ordering prescription medications easy and they have many other products to choose from. Ordering online is easy, convenient and sometimes cheaper. Next time you have to buy medicine for your pet, we recommend checking out the online stores!

 

 

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