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Signs Your Pet Has an Upper Respiratory Infection
Much like human colds, upper respiratory infections are common in dogs and cats. In fact, their symptoms are very similar. However, upper respiratory infections in dogs and cats can sometimes develop into more serious issues, especially if your pet is elderly or has a weak immune system. Also, there are many different types of upper respiratory infections, most of which may require different treatments, even if they share a lot of the same symptoms. Be sure to contact your vet for a proper diagnosis if your dog or cat has any of these respiratory symptoms:
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose with discharge
- Coughing with white foam
- Runny, watery eyes
- Mild fever
- Loss of appetite
Some common upper respiratory infections include pneumonia, influenza, parainfluenza, kennel cough, and sinus infections. These symptoms may also be present in dogs and cats with more serious issues/diseases such as a collapsed trachea or lung cancer, for example. Dogs and cats most often contract upper respiratory infections through coughing, sneezing, and sharing bowls with other dogs and cats who have infections, so they are commonly seen in shelters and boarding facilities.
Fortunately, most common upper respiratory infections are easily treatable. Here are Petwell Supply’s favorite all-natural remedies for upper respiratory infections:
Earth Animal’s Cough Wheeze and Sneeze: This herbal blend can be used as needed to help prevent and treat symptoms of upper respiratory infections and allergies, especially during cold and allergy season and stressful times during boarding or showing.
Homeopet’s Cough: This homeopathic blend is especially helpful for coughs, sneezing, and runny noses related to kennel cough and other kennel/boarding infections.
Green Hope Farm’s Breathe: This flower essence supports all aspects of the respiratory system including lungs, eyes, ears, nose and throat due to infections or allergies.
- Vanessa Rances
DIY Dog Shampoo
If your dog has dry skin, this DIY shampoo will do just the trick at bath time!
Not a DIY person? Check out our all-natural grooming products in the shop!
- Vanessa Rances
Signs Your Dog or Cat Has a Thyroid Disorder
The thyroid gland has a very important function in both dogs and cats: it provides hormones that help regulate their energy levels, growth, body temperature, body weight, and heart rate. If a dog’s or cat’s thyroid glands produce either too little or too many hormones, they will begin to experience complications with their overall health. It is very common for dogs and cats to develop thyroid issues, especially as they reach later stages in life. Thankfully, thyroid issues aren’t typically fatal and can be treated in most cases, but the symptoms of thyroid issues are often subtle and develop slowly, so it is important to know what to look out for.
Hypothyroidism vs. Hyperthyroidism
Dogs and cats experience thyroid issues very differently. It is more common for dogs to develop Hypothyroidism, while it is more common for cats to develop Hyperthyroidism. The difference between these two disorders has to do with how much of those important hormones the thyroid glands are producing. Hypothyroidism in dogs occurs when the thyroid glands are not producing enough hormones, and Hyperthyroidism in cats occurs when the thyroid glands are producing too many hormones. While this may occur due to other illnesses or complications, it is very rare for dogs to develop Hyperthyroidism or for cats to develop Hypothyroidism.
Because Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism are exact opposites of each other, most of the symptoms also reflect this. Some dogs and cats, however, may experience similar symptoms despite this. Here are the most common symptoms to look out for if you suspect that your dog or cat has a thyroid issue:
Uninterested in exercise or playing
Weight gain without a change in appetite
Skin and coat issues (shedding, hair loss)loss)
Vomiting or diarrhea
More energy than usual
The exact causes for Hypothyroidism in dogs and Hyperthyroidism in cats are mostly unknown, but in some cases may be due to autoimmune or immune disorders, some types of cancer, and a predisposition to the disorder by genetics or breed. The good news, however, is that both are easily diagnosed and treatable with the help of your vet.
Petwell Supply carries great supplements designed specifically for Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism. Natural Wonder’s TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Herbs) Food Drops are designed to aid your dog’s thyroid glands in producing more hormones. Natural Wonder’s Thyropaws Food Drops are designed to reduce the hormone production in cats with overactive thyroid glands.
- Vanessa Rances
DIY Doggy Breath Mints
Does your dog have stinky breath? Try out these DIY treats for extra freshness in-between brushing!
Not a DIY person? Check out our dental chews for sale in the shop.
- Vanessa Rances