Canine Cold Remedies

Canine Cold remedies

Canine cold refers to the viral infection in dog causing flu, similar to the common cold  or influenza developed by human due to viral infection. Initially canine cold was discovered in the year 2003, in England. This viral infection is very prominent in several countries that include the United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Ireland and Greece. According a report in the year 2006, more than 55% of dogs in the USA have been diagnosed with viral infection or with the infection in the past. The dogs that are sheltered in the densely populated areas like kennels, dog shows, etc are more likely to develop the Canine cold. Canine cold in dogs is not a fatal infection or disease, as there are numerous home remedies for canine cold.

Symptoms of canine cold:

Since the canine cold in dogs are similar to influenza in humans, the symptoms of canine cold are likely to be similar. Major sign of canine cold is development of acute respiratory infection, which is otherwise referred as kennel cough.  Other symptoms of canine cold include running nose, cough, sneezing, breathing problems, loss of appetite and decreased activity than usual activities. In addition to above common and primary symptoms, sometimes, the dogs that are likely to be infected by canine cold might develop fever. However, the symptoms of the viral infection last only for two weeks. Unfortunately, sometimes there may not be any apparent symptoms of the infection and the dogs continue to stay healthy with normal activities.

Home remedies for canine cold:

Pets affected with canine cold should be isolated from and should be kept in a dry and warm place without getting exposed with cold. Isolation is highly recommended to prevent the infection spreading over to other. Care should be taken on dogs suffering from canine cold to keep them away from cold weather or wetness because; cool climate or moisture affects the bronchial passages and lead towards severe breathing problems. Isolation for a maximum period of three weeks is sufficient to get the dogs relieved from the canine cold.

Drugs containing vitamin C can be provided for initial 4 days after diagnosing the symptoms of canine cold. When there is no improvement after 4 days, it should be reported to the veterinarian immediately.

Most of the symptoms of canine cold are mild, which can be controlled at home. Unfortunately, there are some instances, in which the symptoms of canine cold might be severe, which cannot be supported or suppressed through self care or home remedies. In those circumstances, it is must to take the infected dogs to the veterinarian for evaluating the condition and offering appropriate medications.

Treatment of canine cold:

Generally there is no appropriate medicine or vaccine to treat canine cold. However, the symptoms of the canine cold are treatable. Canine cold treatment methods are likely to be in the combination of supportive care with appropriate medication for the existing symptoms. In addition, the treatment also varies based on the severity of the infection. A complete course of antibiotic drugs are provided when the condition is diagnosed with past history of the infection or presence of bacterium along with viral infection.

When fever is experienced with other symptoms of canine cold, it is clear that the immune system of the dog is very weak. Treatment is provided to enhance the immunity. Veterinarian provides the pills prescribed for children to get rid of the symptoms, which effective eliminates the symptoms like running nose, cough, etc. Further, a mist vaporizer can also be placed near the dog, which is quite effective in alleviating the symptoms.

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