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Colds in pets: This is how dogs and cats recover


The temperatures drop and it gets damp and cold outside - a cold can also creep in with pets. But handkerchiefs and tea help little in such a case. Here are some tips on how your beloved four-legged friend can quickly recover. Warmth and calmness are important for a cold - Shutterstock / Javier Brosch

When the rain soaks your protégé's fur, the cold in autumn does the rest - and a cold for pets is inevitable. Viruses and bacteria, like humans, are easy for dogs and cats once the immune system is weakened.

Treat colds in pets properly

If the last trip in the autumn rain was too long and your protégé is lying on your lazy skin, there can be one thing behind it: a cold. In pets, it manifests itself through the following symptoms: loss of appetite, listlessness, a runny nose and cough. But that's no reason to panic. As a first step, you should allow your dog or cat some rest.

Nevertheless, exercise and fresh air are still important for your animal. When walking a dog on damp, cold days, you should stroll less. The more often your pet sits down and is exposed to the cold wind, the harder it is to recover from the cold. Arrive at home, dry your pet with a towel and offer them a warm place to rest and warm up. If your dog has a very light coat, it is advisable to put on a protective coat on cold and rainy days.

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Recognize the severity of the illness

A cold in pets is not uncommon. If only the nose and throat are affected, the four-legged friends usually recover quickly with the above measures. However, if the infection spreads to the lower airways, i.e. bronchi or lungs, a veterinarian should be consulted. Your furry friend is no longer eating and lying around lethargically, watching your animal and measuring its temperature. If it rises above 39 degrees in dogs and over 39.2 degrees in cats, you should go to the veterinarian - because then one speaks of fever that has to be treated.

Cold cats face colds

Take special care with your cat. A cold is different from a cat's cold, but because the cold weakens the immune system, it can promote infection with a cat's cold. While the cold symptoms subside, an untreated cat cold is often chronic or even fatal. At best, let your cat get vaccinated against cat runny nose - because prevention is still better than aftercare.