5 Common Winter Illness in Dogs

5 Common Winter Illness in Dogs

5 Common Winter Illnesses in Dogs & How to Avoid Them - Pet Services at  your doorstep 

Winter is here and temperatures have been dropping down like a heavy crown, in the next few days it is expected to plummet even more. It is necessary to hold the fort as your furry friends need to be protected from icy winter ailments. Follow the tips from our recent article on “How to take care of your pets in winter” to take extra care of your pup during this chilly season. It is also necessary to have basic knowledge regarding these winter ailments and their symptoms. Here are 5 Most Common winter illnesses in dogs:

 

  1. Hypothermia: This is a condition where due to extreme cold temperatures the body temperature of the dogs falls below the normal level (i.e., 101°F – 102.5°F).

Symptoms:

  • Shivering
  • Weakness
  • Tiredness
  • Depression

 

  1. Sniffles: Also called Runny nose, is an upper respiratory infection in dogs. This is very common in dogs and hence prevention at home should be enough to curb the extent of it like you can put blankets and use humidifiers. If the problem persists, visit a vet who will prescribe antibiotics.

Symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose

 

  1. Flu: Flu is an extreme type of cold that is characterized by the following symptoms:
  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Runny nose
  • Ear infection

It is advised not to ignore these symptoms and recognize them at the right time and get your pup’s health checked immediately.

 

  1. Arthritis: This winter disease is mostly seen in senior dogs. Arthritis is acute joint pains that may worsen due to the extreme cold.

Symptoms:

  • Walking stiffly
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Laziness and inability to jump
  • Urinating and defeating in the house

Treatment for this condition depends upon its severity and the age of the dog, hence it is advised to get a medical check and get your dog on the supplements or physiotherapy as suggested by the vet.

 

  1. Gastritis: If you live in a snow prone region, your dog who loves to play in snow may swallow some snow that is extremely cold and contains antifreeze, road dust, and grit, which might irritate the lining of their stomach. The extreme pain caused due to inflammation of the stomach lining is called as gastritis.

Symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Stomach Pains
  • Dehydration
  • Lethargy
  • Decreased appetite

 

All these diseases sound very frightening, don’t they? Hence if you find any of these symptoms of the above stated diseases in your dog, this winter, or any winter for that matter, do not hesitate to take your pup to the vet immediately.

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