Just like their owners, pets can catch colds. So as the weather turns bitter this winter, it is important to keep an eye on your pet’s health to ensure they are in top form.
Cold Weather and Dogs
Dogs rely on their respiratory system to stay warm. When the air is icy, their bronchial tubes can constrict. This can turn a typical infection into pneumonia! You can lessen the impact of respiratory viruses by first getting help from your vet. This will ensure you aren’t missing any other medical issues. If your dog has a severe respiratory tract infection, it may need IV fluids to start feeling better immediately. Most conditions get past the severe stage in a few days.
Frostbite can result in the loss of ear chunks or even a limb. So if your dog has frostbite or hypothermia, it must be warmed up quickly–but gently. First, use warm water to dissolve ice crystals in tissue. Then, cover your pup in blankets to raise your dog’s internal temperature. Severe hypothermia cases can be fatal, but if the dog warms up in time, the worst of the issue is over.
Cats and Colds
Like people, cats can catch colds. Their risk of catching cold increases if they have a weakened immune system due to other systemic illnesses such as kidney disease, asthma, allergies, or even stress. Poor air quality and ventilation can also increase the risk of catching a cold. For cats with asthma and allergies, forced air heat in the winter can cause an increase in symptoms, especially if the vents are not well-maintained.
Some viruses can also stay in your cat’s body long-term, even after the initial illness has resolved. These viruses remain latent until stress or another illness triggers them to recur later in the cat’s life.
Symptoms of a Cold in Your Dog or Cat
Symptoms of a cold in your pet are similar to those you experience when you get sick.
Lack of Appetite
Recovering From Illness
We know you want what is best for your pet, and it is hard when they are not at their best. If your pet isn’t as energetic as usual, don’t worry. Rest is vital since it helps your dog or cat recover from its viral infection. In addition, immune-boosting supplements can make a real difference in your pet’s recovery.
For cats, we recommend our award-winning Chest Herbal Supplement Formula for Cats.
For dogs, we recommend our Chest Herbal Supplement Formula for Dogs.
- We Do not recommend Chest if your pet has a dry cough, as it expands the lungs and could make the condition worse.