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Temperatures are dropping and it’s getting cold and damp outside – pets can also catch a cold. But handkerchiefs and tea are of little help in such a case. Here are a few tips on how your beloved four-legged friend can recover quickly.

Warmth and rest are important when you have a cold - Shutterstock / Javier Brosch

Warmth and rest are important when you have a cold – Shutterstock / Javier Brosch

If the rain soaks your protégé’s fur, the autumn cold will do the rest – and a cold in pets is inevitable. As in humans, viruses and bacteria have an easy time in dogs and cats once the immune system has been weakened.

How to properly treat a cold in pets

If the last excursion into the autumnal rain was too long and your protégé is more and more lazy, one thing can be behind it: a cold. In pets, it manifests itself through the following symptoms: loss of appetite, lethargy, a runny nose and coughing. But that’s no reason to panic. As a first step, you should give your dog or cat some rest.

Nevertheless, exercise and fresh air are still important for your animal. When walking the dog on cold, damp days, however, you should stroll less. The more often your pet sits and is exposed to the cold wind, the harder it is to recover from a cold. Arrive home, towel dry your pet and offer them a warm place to rest and warm up. If your dog has a very light coat, it is advisable to put a protective coat on him 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 measures mentioned above. However, if the infection spreads to the lower respiratory tract, i.e. bronchi or lungs, a veterinarian should be consulted. If your furry friend isn’t eating and is lying around lethargically, watch your pet and take its temperature. If it rises above 39 degrees in dogs and above 39.2 degrees in cats, you should go to the vet – because then one speaks of a fever that needs to be treated.

Cat flu threatens cats with a cold

You need to be extra careful with your cat. A cold is different from cat flu, but because the cold weakens the immune system, it can promote a cat flu infection. While the cold symptoms subside, a cat cold often becomes chronic or even fatal if left untreated. At best, have your cat vaccinated against cat flu – because prevention is still better than aftercare.

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