Care for Puppies with Upper Respiratory Infections

By Tess Thompson



Older and younger pets are more predisposed to disease. They are also more prone to progression of a disease and treatment failure. This happens in older pets because the vital organs and systems start to lose their functionality, and in puppies and kittens, these organs and systems have not developed completely. The immune system is highly compromised in older and younger pets due to similar reasons. Canine and feline upper respiratory infection is common in young pets. Although inherently self-limiting by nature, home care remedies can make that extra difference to a fast recovery.

Canine flu, for example, is an infection caused by the canine influenza virus that produces fever, pains and dog respiratory problems like coughing, breathing problems and discharge from the dog’s nose. Death from the virus itself is unusual but may occur in puppies due to respiratory complications if proper home care is not provided.

Puppies that have been bought from stores usually have a history of having traveled in close quarters with other dogs or puppies. Most dog respiratory problems stem from infections that have been contacted during this time. When you spot the first signs of respiratory problems, take the young dog to a veterinarian to get the condition evaluated so that the seemingly mild symptoms do not aggravate and develop into a more serious disease.

While in most cases the veterinarian will prescribe medication only to minimize the risk of a secondary infection, you can provide supportive care to make life comfortable for the young pet for the duration of the disease.

  • Keep the puppy warm and dry.
  • Do not let the puppy go out in the cold weather. Low temperatures tend to constrict the bronchial tubes, making breathing more difficult.
  • Help to boost his immune system is necessary. While you cannot do enough for it, feeding him with boiled chicken and brown rice will give him extra energy and sufficient support for his immature immune system.
  • Get a cool mist vaporizer and put it near the place where he sleeps to keep the bronchial tubes moist for easy breathing.
  • If your veterinarian permits, you can give the pup some children’s cold medicine that you may have at home.
  • There are canine and feline upper respiratory herbal treatments that you may safely give to alleviate the symptoms and halt the progress of the disease.
  • Tetracycline, the preferred antibiotic for respiratory bacterial infections, should be given only under medical advice, as they can stain young teeth permanently.

References:

http://heartspring.net/dog_flu_symptoms.html

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