In most cases, dog flu is a fairly mild condition. And by treating your pooch with simple home remedies and putting the necessary things in place, your furry friend will be up and running in no time.
That said, some of the things you should take into consideration when treating your dog’s cold at home include:
Ensure Your Dog Stays Hydrated
It is essential for dogs suffering from colds to have a regular supply of fresh, clean water as this typically speeds up the recovery process. Water makes mucus thinner, thereby helping to prevent a stuffy nose, and also helps regulate your pooch’s body temperature.
If your pooch is reluctant to drink, you can mix low-sodium chicken or beef broth with the water to serve as an encouragement to drink.
Dogs suffering from a cold require warm, moist meals to help them fight off the cold. Chicken is great for sick pups, and you can give a cold dog chicken soup, shredded chicken or beef broth. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of vitamins, and you can incorporate them into your pup’s diet.
A sick pooch will spend most of the time resting, and it is your duty as owner to ensure that your furry friend is as comfortable as possible when sleeping.
Provision of a warm resting location with heated sleeping beds and blankets will go a long way in relieving a cold dog. But you should regularly keep an eye on your pooch to ensure it doesn’t overheat.
Keep The Air Moist
Dogs suffering from cold might have difficulties breathing, and to make air intake easier for your furry friend, you should ensure the air in your home is not too dry. And you can do this by setting up a cool mist humidifier in strategic places in the home – where your dog sleeps or where its food and water bowls are located.
As an alternative to the humidifier, you can pour boiled water in a bowl and place it where your pooch can inhale the steam.
Upon consulting your vet, you will find that it can be beneficial to give a pooch medicine such as Benadryl, as treatment for a runny nose, sneezing and cold. Benadryl, when administered in the appropriate dosage, is a highly effective and safe medication typically used to treat symptoms of mild allergies in dogs.
If your pooch has an underlying health condition, however, you should consult with your vet before giving it Benadryl. Additionally, you should know that Benadryl can cause side effects like drowsiness, dry mouth, excessive salivation and rapid breathing in pooches.
NOTE! After you have treated your dog’s cold at home, should your dog’s cold persist or display other symptoms, visit the vet immediately for a proper diagnosis. Your pooch may be suffering from another illness other than a regular cold.