Fall and winter bear the dreadful cold season. You might be surprised to find out that this statement doesn’t hold truth to only humans, but to our pets as well; especially the pets we have in our homes! As temperatures drop outside, more and more time is being spent in the confinement of our homes that just so happen to also be housing hundreds of germs. Our pets become equally susceptible to catching a horrid cold and have extremely similar reactions: watery eyes, runny nose, wheezing, sneezing and coughing. We don’t want to see your pet at the Countryside Animal Hospital super sick, so we’ve provided a few ways for you to prevent and recognize these colds so that they don’t affect your furry friend!

The best way to prevent this type of illness for your pet is by making sure that they make it to all of their vet visits, have all of the required shots, are eating healthy amounts and are getting ample amounts of exercise. These are healthy standards for any pet, and healthy pets are less likely to get ill. If you maintain this type of lifestyle the chances of your pet getting ill are reduced because of the strength their immune system has developed.

If you do begin to notice cold-like symptoms from your pet, the first step is determining how important the cold appears to be. If you are noticing a cough that sounds like a honk, this is likely a highly contagious cough from a kennel they were recently boarded in or from a dog they came into contact with that was recently boarded. Other colds can worsen in symptoms and in intensity level. When you notice fevers, vomiting or diarrhea, the cold that your pet is battling is likely a more serious one.

Regardless of the severity, it’s best to take your pet to the Countryside Animal Hospital in Fort Collins. Dr. Speights can provide your pet with the care that they need and ensure that they are immunized so that their cold doesn’t develop into something more serious or life threatening for your pet. Visit your Fort Collins vet when you begin to notice symptoms of a cold from your pet!