Natural Cold Remedies for Pets

 

Colds don’t just affect us; our pets can get them, too. In the winter, cats and dogs are more susceptible to upper repertory infections. The most common symptoms include coughing, sneezing, and runny eyes. If your pet exhibits these symptoms, take him to your veterinarian to get checked out. If he’s diagnosed with a cold, here are some natural remedies you can try at home.

Vitamins Vitamin C, garlic, and Echinacea are essential for fighting off colds, says Robert Goldstein, VMD; they’re packed full of antioxidants, immune-system boosters, and blood-purifiers. These supplements don’t come together in one nice pill or powder, so you’ll have to administer each one separately—or if you have a picky eater, mix all the powdered supplements together
in wet food.

Herbal Remedies If you want an all-in-one solution, Goldstein recommends Earth Animal Cough and Wheeze Organic Herbal Remedy, which includes Echinacea Mullien for respiratory and immune system support. Apply with an eyedropper directly to food. ($26, 2 oz; earthanimal.com)

Water Be sure your four-legged friends have enough water available throughout the day. Just like in humans, drinking water prevents dehydration and supports the body’s natural ability to fight viruses.