As with people, your French Bulldog can get respiratory infections that make them sneeze and sniffle. However, your Frenchies cold symptoms could also indicate a more serious condition.
Whenever people talk about catching a cold, they are actually talking about a wide range of viruses. There are several common viruses that cause colds in humans, including rhinoviruses, respiratory syncytial viruses, influenza, and parainfluenza viruses. Cold viruses are categorized together because they all cause similar symptoms, such as sneezing, runny noses, sore throats, and general malaise.
Similar factors cause colds in dogs. It is not one specific virus that causes cold symptoms in dogs. Rather, there are multiple viruses that can trigger cold symptoms. The severity of the condition varies from dog to dog, which is why it is important to treat your French Bulldogs cold symptoms more seriously than you would a cold in yourself.
Signs Your French Bulldog Has a Cold
Colds are upper respiratory infections, and they cause the following symptoms:
|Mild fever||Loss of appetite|
|Nasal congestion and discharge||Difficulty breathing through the nose|
|An occasional, “wet” cough, unlike kennel cough’s dry, hacking, “honking” cough||General lethargy|
Despite their discomfort, these symptoms are not severe for your French Bulldog. If they are kept warm and hydrated, most dogs will recover from a cold within a week without any treatment.
Coughing, sneezing, and running eyes and nose are not the only symptoms of a cold. Infections caused by bacteria or parasites, including heartworms and roundworms, can also cause coughing. Cold-like symptoms can also be caused by fungal infections and allergies, leading to lung damage and potentially pneumonia.
Treating your French Bulldogs cold
There is a possibility that your French Bulldog will not need treatment since many dogs will get better independently. If your Frenchie has only mild symptoms of a ‘dog cold,’ is eating and drinking as usual, and still appears to have the same energy levels, they should feel better within a few days to a week. It is important to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible if your French Bulldogs seem to have more than a mild cold, if they are not eating or drinking, are clearly uncomfortable, or have difficulty breathing.
It may be necessary to run some diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your French Bulldogs illness if your veterinarian suspects it is something serious. They will ask you about your Frenchies flu or cold symptoms, perform a full physical examination, and look for any signs of infection. If your vet recommends antibiotics, cough suppressants, and fluids, the treatment will be based on the diagnosis outcome.
How to Treat your French Bulldogs Cold at Home
Colds are still contagious regardless of whether they affect dogs or people. To help your French Bulldog feel more comfortable during the cold, you can give him or her some home remedies. Follow these steps during your pet’s cold:
|Keep your French Bulldog bronchial tubes moist by using a warm mist vaporizer near their sleeping area.|
|To keep their noses from getting dry or irritated, use a balm.|
|Spend as little time outdoors as possible during cold weather. Cold air tends to make your Frenchies bronchial tubes constrict, so they have a more difficult time breathing.|
|Your French Bulldog will be more likely to eat if you offer extra nutrition like boiled chicken and brown rice. They will remain strong and their immune system will remain strong.|
|If necessary, tempt your French Bulldog to drink liquids with low sodium chicken broth. As a result, your Frenchie will have thin nasal secretions that are less likely to clog his nose.|
|To ensure your French Bulldog gets plenty of rest, make sure he has a comfortable area to sleep.|
|As well as honey, cinnamon, coconut oil, and Plantago lanceolata, add herbal supplements such as echinacea and echinacea to his food. Known to enhance immunity and treat coughing, they can help build up the body’s defenses.|
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Over-the-Counter Cold Medicine For Your French Bulldogs Cold
Your veterinarian must approve the type and dosage of children’s cold medicine you give to your French Bulldog. Your veterinarian can recommend cold medicines that contain dextromethorphan for children and adults in small doses. Veterinarians may prescribe Robitussin, Benylin, and Siltussin for sick French Bulldogs. If your vet approves children’s cold medicine to treat your Frenchie, know that it will not cure their cold but can ease their symptoms and help them feel more comfortable during their illness.
When To See Your Vet For Your French Bulldogs Cold.
Recognizing your French Bulldogs’ symptoms is the first step toward determining if he or she needs medical care. Your Frenchie may have a cold, but you need to decide if taking them to the vet is worth the trip. Some respiratory infections do resolve on their own without medical treatment. However, it can be difficult for a layperson to assess how serious a French Bulldog’s condition is. If your Frenchie has symptoms that seem to be related to a cold, then it is a good idea to check them out at the vet. A cold is more likely to become pneumonia due to weaker immune systems than a healthy adult dog. As such, many owners prefer to be on the safe side and seek advice from a veterinarian if their French Bulldog is ill.
|A rattle can be heard in the dog’s chest.||They stop drinking.|
|The dog is clearly in pain.||As symptoms intensify, they become more severe.|
Veterinarians will often prescribe antibiotics as a treatment for an illness. Since antibiotics do not work against viruses, they can destroy opportunistic, invading bacteria that make dogs even sicker while their immune systems battle the original virus.
Is it a cold or Kennel Cough?
Canine infectious tracheobronchitis, or kennel cough, is a highly infectious respiratory disease in dogs. This viral infection is named after its most common transmission site – kennels. It is easy for dogs to catch and spread viruses at kennels and other places where large numbers of dogs congregate. Although kennel cough is treatable, puppies and dogs with compromised immune systems are more likely to suffer complications. Usually, dogs develop a dry, honking cough as their most distinguishing feature of kennel cough. People often compare it with a honking goose.
Aside from sneezing, a runny nose, lethargy, appetite loss, and a low fever, other signs of kennel cough include sneezing, a runny nose, and a low fever. The symptoms of many of these conditions can also be seen in dogs suffering from colds, so you should consult your veterinarian whenever possible.
Is it possible for French Bulldog to catch a cold from humans?
Humans are extremely unlikely to infect dogs with a cold. Cold-like symptoms rarely appear in dogs and humans simultaneously, so you do not have to worry about infecting your French Bulldog with your cold.
You are unlikely to catch a cold from your Frenchie. Despite this, other dogs within the household or neighborhood may also be infected by whatever virus is causing the illness. Until your French Bulldog feels better, keep him away from other dogs.
Preventing Colds For Your French Bulldog
Avoid exposing your French Bulldog to other dogs, especially indoors, if you want to prevent them from catching a cold. In reality, your Frenchie may end up at a doggy daycare, training class, or getting boarded. A current vaccination will minimize your French Bulldogs risk and often keep symptoms milder if your Frenchie does contract respiratory illnesses such as Bordetella, parainfluenza virus, or canine flu.