Has your pup been sniffling, snuffling, and sneezing? Believe it or not, dogs can get colds too. Pooches are particularly susceptible to upper respiratory issues in the winter when they are stuck inside for long periods of the day and cannot escape from germs. While the colds that canines catch isn’t the same virus as the human strand, the symptoms are pretty much the same and can include coughing, sneezing, and a runny nose.
While you can’t treat Fido’s cold with flu medicine, you can certainly ease his symptoms with natural and holistic remedies. Here are seven natural home remedies for your dog’s stuffy nose and cold.
Warm, steamy air can loosen up all that gunk in your dog’s nose. Put a humidifier near your pet’s bed to help alleviate his snuffles. If you don’t have one, you can also keep your dog in the bathroom when you take a hot shower or bath. The steam from the hot water will also help to clear things up.
Botanical oils can do far more than make a house smell pleasant. They can also help with your dog’s stuffy nose. Never use full-strength oils as they can be dangerous to doggies. It’s also important to talk with your vet before incorporating essential oils into your dog’s wellness routine.
Some essential oils to try include:
3. Clean His Space
Get rid of germs by thoroughly cleaning your dog’s bed, blanket, dishes, toys, and anything else that may be harboring icky bacteria. Also, be sure to replace your pet’s water every day.
4. Chicken Soup for the Doggy Soul
Just like many people crave a hot bowl of chicken soup when they’re sick, dogs like this meal too. Give your pet a lukewarm (never hot) bowl of chicken soup to help him fight off the infection. Chicken soup that contains low sodium, brown rice, and cooked veggies is perfect for a sick pup.
5. Honey and Herbs
Herbs such as kali bichromicum and elderflower can help ease your dog’s cold symptoms. Other dog-approved herbal remedies include mullein leaves and colloidal silver. Honey is also a natural soother for canine colds and coughs. If your pet is obese or diabetic, skip the honey as its high sugar content can do more harm instead of good. Give your pup a teaspoon of honey with his meal.
6. Plenty of Zzz’s
Even if you’re missing out on your daily morning jog with your dog, let him skip the exercise and catch up on his sleep. If he’s restless, provide him with a short stroll. You can make his bed even comfier with a pet-safe heating pad. The heat will also help to loosen his clogged nose.
Your dog will need plenty of fluids in order to swiftly recover from a cough or cold. If your pet doesn’t want to drink, tempt him with broth from the chicken soup.
Conclusion on Doggy Colds
When your dog has a cold, there are plenty of holistic remedies that you can use right at home to ease his symptoms. From honey and herbs to plenty of water and rest, these seven tips will help your pup fully recover in no time at all.
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