You’ve heard of treating your own cold naturally, and now you want to help your dog with natural treatments as well. Herbs, supplements, and natural treatments for your dog not only treat the cold immediately, but also promote long term health.
Congestion, cough, sneezing, and runny nose and eyes are typical signs of the dog cold. The symptoms are similar to human cold symptoms, although the viruses are different. Infections such as pneumonia, canine kennel cough, and parainfluenza can develop into more serious conditions, but typically run for 10 to 14 days. Mature dogs in good health can be effectively treated naturally, but for puppies and older dogs, consult your veterinarian for proper treatment and to make sure that the cold does not develop.
Natural Treatments for Dog Cold Symptoms
One of the most effective home treatments is keeping your dog dry and warm. You probably still need to take him on a walk, so limit the time spent outside in the cold. Cold weather makes it hard for the dog to breathe by causing the bronchial tubes to constrict and let less air in. To keep the bronchial passages moist and open, run the hot water in your shower, making it a steam room. Let your dog sit in the room for 7 to 10 minutes, breathing in the steam. Also keep his sleeping space moist by running a vaporizer in the area. The steam also helps break up congestion.
Just like humans, dogs also benefit from chicken soup when they have a cold. The soup provides loads of nutrients and sodium that help fight infection and also keeps your dog hydrated and the immune system boosted.
Dog cold symptoms can be effectively addressed by herbs and natural supplements. Some well received herbs include Mullein leaves (Verbascum thapsus) and Elder flowers (Sambucus nigra) – not Elder berries. Echinacea is a widely used supplement that boosts the immune system. Effective supplements include Calcium sulphate (or, D6), Ferrum phosphate, and Calcium Sulphide (also called Hepar Sulph).
Herbal remedies in dogs have been used for a variety of illnesses other than colds. Scientists have also developed a Mistletoe extract that gradually reduces high blood pressure, and Chinese moss compound that treats seizures. Ginseng has also been shown to have anticancer effects.
While herbal remedies are effective and usually very safe, some may interact with each other and cause harmful side effects. Make sure to check with a medical supervisor before administering herbs or over the counter cold medicine, as they can be easily overdosed.