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Common Dog Illnesses in Winter & How to Treat Them

dog running in snow

The winter can be a lovely time for dogs, from running around in the snow to making snow angels, they love it! However, it’s vital to be aware of and how to prevent common illnesses your pet can get from winter time.

Hypothermia

Hypothermia also affects Dogs as it affects human beings. Hypothermia in dogs is caused by exposure to freezing weather for a long time. This causes their temperature to get very low, your dog may show signs of this if they look weak, shiver, and restlessness etc.

If your dog has been affected by hypothermia you can take it to the veterinary clinic for a check-up to get a treatment for your dog’s coldness. But at the same time, you can raise your dog’s body temperatures by wrapping it in warm clothes or even giving your dog a warm bath to help raise its body temperature and counter the coldness.

Kennel Cough

This disease which is also referred to as tracheobronchitis really affects dogs during winter due to the manner it spreads. Some crucial factors such as low winter temperatures, boarding facilities and the smoke inhaling increase chances of the dog developing this condition which is believed to be associated with bacteria and viruses.

In a case where your dog is affected by Kennel cough, it’s important to be fast and visit the nearby veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment of your pet.

Frostbite

Dogs may be affected by frostbite when their body gets extremely cold in terms of ice crystals that will start forming on the body tissue. This may cause severe damage to your dog’s body tissue due to extreme colds from those ice crystals.

The damage may differ depending on numerous factors like: size of the dog, the dog body fur thickness, and the extent it stayed in cold temperatures.

In case your dog has been affected by frostbite, take warm water and wash your dog thoroughly so you melt the ice crystals from their body tissues, this will enable the blood circulation to work well. If there is severe damage to the tissue take your dog to the nearest veterinary to access the conditions and treat your dog to ensure they are back in their best health conditions.

pug wrapping in blanket

The Sniffles

This respiratory infection doesn’t leave dogs when affecting humans during winter
seasons. This is symbolized by a wet nose, slight cough etc. This may be treated by wrapping your dog in warm clothes.

Also, you can have a humidifier in your dog’s house to help it with their slight cough. If the dog is still not recovering, find the nearby veterinarian to treat your dog.

Flu and Pneumonia

This viral infection affects mostly elderly dogs and young puppies, but that doesn’t exclude any dogs that will spend a lot of time in areas covered by snow or in rain.
This causes the dog to suffer from running nose, sneezing, moist cough along with the usual flu symptoms.

vet caring for dog

If conditions deteriorate, this can lead to more severe symptoms such as
bloody coughs, anorexia, breathing problems and more. For dogs suffering from these conditions its best to wrap them up with warm blankets to keep in warm. But when the symptoms persist take it to your nearest veterinarian for check-up and treatment.

We hope you learnt some new valuable information for caring for your dogs this winter! To help keep them warm, we supply dog coats which includes this Denali Dog Coat that is warmly quilted and with a warming fleece inner lining.