Why do dogs and cats catch colds?
Just like in the case of humans, low temperatures, drafts or bad weather can promote colds in our pets. Moreover, the pet does not have to leave the house to catch infections. Colds also happen in indoor cats that have weakened immunity - then a simple draft is enough to make the animal sneeze.
Most often our four-legged friend gets infected from another representative of his species, and very rarely from ourselves. As a rule, animals do not become infected with human viruses and bacteria, but it is worth bearing in mind when we start to get sick ourselves.
What is a cold in animals?
The possibility of a dog or cat catching a cold - it is possible when catching a mixed viral infection that affects the upper respiratory tract. If the course of the disease is mild, the body, if properly supported, is able to fight it on its own. However, it may happen that there is a need to visit a veterinary office and select the appropriate drugs.
It is very important that similar symptoms may also apply to more serious diseases than the common cold. If your dog is struggling with a persistent cough, this could be a sign of a severe kennel cough. If this is accompanied by a fever, the dog may develop distemper. The same may be true for a cat - symptoms specific to a cold can also be symptoms of other serious illnesses, such as cat's runny nose. In each of these cases, a visit to the veterinarian is necessary.
Prevention and treatment of colds in dogs and cats.
Throughout the year, we should take care of the health of our pet. When autumn comes, the outside temperatures are getting lower and the rain is constantly drizzling, it is good to implement daily prophylaxis.
First of all, it is worth avoiding drafts in the apartment and keeping the animals in another room when ventilating. For walks, especially in rainy weather, it is advisable to dress your pet in a raincoat or warm clothes. Of course, this applies primarily to small, older animals and those with a small amount of undercoat, which do not tolerate such temperature changes. After returning to the apartment from a walk in the rain, dry the dog thoroughly and, if necessary and possible, dry it.
It is also a perfect idea to start administering immune-boosting supplements, especially if we notice that our pet is going wrong. These can be, among others, preparations with beta-glucan, omega3 acids, as well as dietary elements such as egg yolk, which is a real vitamin bomb. However, do not use supplements popular in humans or any medications without consulting your veterinarian. Many preparations (such as vitamin C or antipyretics) can be very harmful to pets.