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Q. What is a good holistic cold remedy for a 6 year old dachshund

A. Dogs don't really get "colds" in the sense that humans do, although they do get viral upper respiratory infections. The most common syndrome we see in dogs is what we call kennel cough, or infectious tracheobronchitis. It most commonly produces a dry, hacking cough and can also cause eye discharge and sneezing. It typically runs its course in 7 - 10 days in otherwise healthy dogs. Some dogs can get really sick from it, however, and it can cause severe illnesses like pneumonia.

It's important not to ignore what you think is a cold in your dog, as more serious diseases could produce the signs you're seeing. If she's feeling well otherwise (no fever, eating and drinking, not lethargic) you can try feeding a canned diet to ease irritation in the throat and also run a humidifier or put her in the bathroom when you take a shower to soothe respiratory passages. If she's feeling unwell at all take her in to see a vet.

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

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