Cold, dry weather and the arrival of the flu: Take care when caring for your pet

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Low temperatures increase the incidence of influenza and respiratory problems and self-medication can complicate a pet’s health framework

By Bruna Caires – Pautear 1 Communication

May 18, 2022 at 1:55 pm • Last update May 18, 2022 at 1:56 pm


Cold has arrived and temperature changes affect the pet’s immunity, making them more susceptible to flu and colds; Pets are not like us and treating them at home is not always a good idea – Photo: Disclosure

Even our pets are not without the evils of freezing temperatures and the dry weather that characterizes fall and winter. Regardless of the pet’s age, canine flu can occur and if not treated properly, it can cause some exacerbations. In this context, some breeds are more sensitive and the puppy’s age should be considered as puppies, and older adults may have lower immunity. Pugs, Pekingese, French bulldogs, English bulldogs, Shih Tzus, Boston Terriers, boxers, and French mastiffs, among others, may suffer the most due to the flat shape of the muzzle.

To protect them and prevent the flu from developing into more complex conditions such as pneumonia, bronchitis, allergies, pulmonary edema, tracheal rupture, and even lung injuries, it is important to keep them warm and warm. Veterinarian and director of VET Popular Hospital, Caroline Mukow, warns of the most common signs. Shortness of breath is usually one of the first symptoms, followed by wheezing or rapid breathing, as well as more frustrating behavior with loss of appetite, runny nose, watery eyes, and dry cough.

Just like those of us who make the habit of treating ourselves when we are sick, many teachers may believe that to the point where they know their animal, it is possible to treat it without the need to consult a professional. In these cases, it is essential that the animal be taken for consultation with a trusted veterinarian who already knows it, in this way it will be easier to identify changes in behavior and changes in its clinical condition, preventing its aggravation.

One of the most important cautions is to avoid taking your pet without a prescription, because some medications that are manipulated for humans can harm other areas of the animal and even exacerbate the condition. “It is common to prescribe some medicines to humans, however, we know that the doses are different and that it is not possible to take them all. Many teachers confuse and start treatment at home and this is very dangerous and can lead to the death of the animal,” warns Caroline.

Some medicines that seem harmless to us, such as: aspirin; paracetamol; peroxycan. diclofenac sodium (Voltarim); Diclofenac potassium (Cataflam), ibuprofen, among others, is highly toxic to animals. Others like: dipyrone, omeprazole, among others, recommended by us, in different doses, can also be very harmful if taken incorrectly. We have cases of drug poisoning. The vet often explains the teachers about the risks and warns of problems that may arise, including death.

For this reason, Vet Popular maintains an open channel of dialogue with veterinarians responsible for animal welfare, as well as 24-hour support that contributes to the dissemination of correct information. In addition, on the social networks of the hospital there are always useful posts in order to avoid such problems and provide a better quality of life for animals.

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