Signs Your Pet Has an Upper Respiratory Infection
Much like human colds, upper respiratory infections are common in dogs and cats. In fact, their symptoms are very similar. However, upper respiratory infections in dogs and cats can sometimes develop into more serious issues, especially if your pet is elderly or has a weak immune system. Also, there are many different types of upper respiratory infections, most of which may require different treatments, even if they share a lot of the same symptoms. Be sure to contact your vet for a proper diagnosis if your dog or cat has any of these respiratory symptoms:
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose with discharge
- Coughing with white foam
- Runny, watery eyes
- Mild fever
- Loss of appetite
Some common upper respiratory infections include pneumonia, influenza, parainfluenza, kennel cough, and sinus infections. These symptoms may also be present in dogs and cats with more serious issues/diseases such as a collapsed trachea or lung cancer, for example. Dogs and cats most often contract upper respiratory infections through coughing, sneezing, and sharing bowls with other dogs and cats who have infections, so they are commonly seen in shelters and boarding facilities.
Fortunately, most common upper respiratory infections are easily treatable. Here are Petwell Supply’s favorite all-natural remedies for upper respiratory infections:
Earth Animal’s Cough Wheeze and Sneeze: This herbal blend can be used as needed to help prevent and treat symptoms of upper respiratory infections and allergies, especially during cold and allergy season and stressful times during boarding or showing.
Homeopet’s Cough: This homeopathic blend is especially helpful for coughs, sneezing, and runny noses related to kennel cough and other kennel/boarding infections.
Green Hope Farm’s Breathe: This flower essence supports all aspects of the respiratory system including lungs, eyes, ears, nose and throat due to infections or allergies.
- Vanessa Rances