Posted on May.27, 2010, under Tutorial
Our dogs can catch a cold, as we humans. They also show the same signs. First is a cough. One should always pursue this, because cough is a cleaning mechanism of the body that should not be suppressed. He wants something that most exogenous removed from the respiratory tract. Often you can see already on cough illness to which it is in our four-legged friends.
Your dog coughs only short bursts, which sounds slightly muffled and rattling, but no further influence him, then he has certainly sustained a mild bronchitis, caused by eg a cooling or a vitamin deficiency. If he is otherwise fit, has no fever and eating normally, you can try to give him honey. Most like our four-legged friend the sweet stuff very much and even lick it easily from your hand.
This has the advantage that the more viscous mucus that forms in a bronchitis, may be coughed up more easily. You should also make sure that your dog has warm, no drafts and moisture is exposed and has more rest. It’s just like us. Is it possible to pack up your dog, then hug him quietly in a blanket, a scarf around the neck are heat and helps. In the pharmacy you can you even buy a mucolytic, Bisolvon cough syrup, and give him your dog, what they like but not so much. Also Husteel homeopathic drops to bring basic relief.
Inhalation of hot water would be quite good, but very few of these dogs can be unusual for them to do with therapy. If they do, then take a bowl with hot water without additives, a cloth over the head of your dog and let him breathe for about five minutes, the water vapor. A friend gave the tip to bring the dog into the bathroom, if there is evaporated a cold bath to himself. Care has to be then, however, that our dog is not exposed to the fumes for too long by the essential oils, because they also reflect the mucous membranes, especially can irritate the nose.
If, however, set within three days, no Obsessed improvement to adjust before fever or worsen his condition, then please as soon as possible to the vet. Again, it is people like us: when the culprits are the bacteria or viruses, bronchitis, physicians should intervene to help and fight this infection.
Please note: cough can also be an indication of a serious illness, such as a heart disease, lung disease. Even the dreaded distemper is demonstrated by cough and fever. So is your dog not vaccinated against this, then you should definitely call a vet, for distemper can be fatal or leave serious.
Foreign body in respiratory tract:
It happens very often, though rarely, that your dog an awn or a piece of branch is captured. This is caused when it is in the nose, violent sneezing in the trachea or the larynx, persistent cough. Because you should think about when the symptoms occur suddenly. The treatment is simple, though the implementation of the treatment can be complex, depending on how deep is causing the foreign body. In the veterinary practice will help your pet with special instruments, by the foreign body is removed.
Your dog was cold, he can easily retain a laryngitis. Usually in cases where the patient also like four-legged barking. Here, the cough is so annoying that it leads to vomiting. Otherwise, your dog is absolutely fit. Here you can only wait until the inflammation subsides. This phase can be very lengthy and healing results are adapting in small steps.
Pneumonia is absolutely in the hands of a veterinarian, In this case your dog is sick really hard, it shows severe and rapid breathing movements, which he inflates his cheeks. He has a high fever, apathetic, tired and no appetite.
Pneumonia as a result of an untreated cold come about, but also caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites. The handling by the veterinarian will be done by appropriate medication. We ourselves can only help our dog, as we keep him warm, give him the necessary rest, offer him food rich in content in smaller portions, and give him loving attention. If his nose is by the secretion of very bonded, we can give him a soft, lint-free and carefully wipe with baby oil soaked cloth of his nose. The oil should not be perfumed.
This is an infectious inflammation of the trachea and bronchi, is highly contagious and are therefore treated must necessarily immediately. Otherwise there can be a dangerous inflammation of the lungs and can even lead to death of the dog. Since this disease often affects puppies and young dogs whose immune system is not yet as fully developed anyway, you should IMMEDIATELY consult a veterinarian for advice if you have even the suspicion of kennel cough. This has to be considered whenever the dog comes from an animal shelter or an animal trade.
The disease symptoms are a dry, short cough, sometimes accompanied by nasal discharge and mild fever. There are now vaccines against this disease and this should also use, especially if our four-legged friends often come together with other dogs.
This advice should please never replace going to the vet, they are intended only for the detection of various diseases and ailments in small show a possible first aid. We assume no liability for it.