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Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs) & Bronchitis In Dogs

What are Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs) in Dogs?

Dogs can suffer from viral or bacterial upper respiratory infections that make them cough, sneeze, and sniffle, just like people. Breathing problems and coughing in dogs can be very frightening, especially if it continues beyond a few days. It is normal for a variety of bacteria to live in the canine nose, throat, sinus, trachea, and sometimes lungs, without causing signs of illness. Dogs can develop an overgrowth of these bacteria due to exposure, a weakened immune system, a virus or disease (such as congestive heart failure or lung tumors). Cancer, heart disease and collapsed trachea can also cause coughing and symptoms that are similar to an upper respiratory infection in dogs.

Understanding the root cause of your dog's upper respiratory infection or breathing ailments, the types of respiratory infections and the triggers that can prolong the infection, can help you to finally get much needed relief for your pet.

Dog Respiratory Infection Symptoms

Does your dog have a runny nose and eyes? Is he coughing? Not acting like himself? A dog "cold" has similar symptoms to a human cold. Please be to sure to take your dog to the veterinarian if your observe any of these symptoms. Dogs with upper respiratory infections and bronchitis may have the following symptoms:

  • Runny or squinting eyes

  • Nasal discharge

  • Itchy nose (pawing at the face)

  • Fever

  • Drooling

  • Dry nose

  • Noisy breathing or difficulty breathing (snorting or wheezing)

  • Dehydration

  • Inappetance

  • Lethargy

  • Exercise intolerance

  • Types of Upper Respiratory Infections in Dogs

    Upper respiratory infection in dogs affect the upper part of their airways: throat, trachea, nasal cavities and bronchi. About 90% of canine upper respiratory infections are viral.

    Common types of infection include:

  • Bacterial infections – Streptococcus and Escherichia coli are two bacteria that commonly cause respiratory infection and pnuemonias in dogs.

  • Canine Flu (Influenza) – (also known as dog flu) - in canines this is a contagious, viral respiratory infection caused by specific Type A influenza viruses: H3N2 or H3H8. Dogs typically develop a persistent cough, thick nasal discharge and fever. Some dogs will show no clinical signs, while others can develop a secondary bacterial infection that can lead to more severe illnesses. Canine flu is easily spread between dogs by nasal secretions (barking, coughing or sneezing) and contaminated objects (food and water bowls, collars and leashes).

  • Distemper – this is a viral infection in dogs that affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems. This is a highly contagious and very serious disease. If your dog is showing neurological symptoms, please seek out the advice of a vet.

  • Kennel Cough (also known as Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD) or Infectious Tracheobronchitis) - a highly contagious canine respiratory disease. It is caused by the bacteria Bordetella bronchiseptica and generally is combined with another bacteria or virus. The most common is the parainfluenza virus. The hallmark symptom of kennel cough is the dry, hacking cough. It is usually contracted when dogs are in close contact, for example when they are at kennels, boarding facilities, shelters, dog parks or even the vet clinic.

  • Lung Cancer - Lung cancer in dogs is a much more severe disease than common respiratory infections. Early symptoms can be similar to an upper respiratory infection, so if the problem persists or worsens, it is important to have your pet evaluated by a veterinarian.

  • Parainfluenza – a highly contagious respiratory virus. It is the most common pathogen of infectious tracheobronchitis, or canine cough. The cough results from the inflammation of the trachea, bronchi and sometimes the lungs.

  • Pneumonia - serious lung infection that results in inflammation of the lung tissues. May become a life-threatening emergency. Can develop as a complication of kennel cough, canine influenza, or distemper. Symptoms of pneumonia may include cough, fever, difficulty breathing, lack of appetite, sluggishness, nasal discharge, dehydration, rapid breathing and exercise intolerance. More common in very young or old dogs, or dogs with compromised immune systems.

  • Natural Treatments for Upper Respiratory Infections in Dogs

    Pets with breathing problems will often need medications. However, the best treatment for upper respiratory infection in dogs is to take preventative measures to help support your pet's cardiovascular and upper respiratory health. Treatment options vary depending upon the reason why your pet is having breathing difficulty.

    Immune Support & Asthma Kit

    Immune Support & Asthma Kit - Trio of three liquid immune support formulas that provide gentle, natural support for small dogs with asthma and upper respiratory infections. Can be used in combination with veterinary medication. Clears up sinuses, nasal tract and improves breathing. Reduces inflammation and support's your pet's immune system to reduce viral flare ups.

    QuentaSAN Drops or Capsules - A powerful anti-viral, anti-infection homeopathic remedy. This homeopathic remedy is the first line of defense with any upper respiratory condition. QuentaSAN drops or capsules work best when combined with NotaSAN. The two formulas work synergistically to control infections and inflammation. QuentaSAN seems to be especially helpful for lung-related health issues. Many pet owners have reported excellent results relieving continual discharge, runny nose and sneezing related to viruses when QuentaSAN and NotaSAN were administered.

    NotaSAN Drops or Capsules - A powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-infection formula. This homeopathic remedy is especially important for relieving allergy symptoms. NotaSAN, when combined with QuentaSAN works very well to control chronic upper respiratory infections, asthma, eye and nasal discharge. The two formulas are available as tasteless drops that can be easily administered for small pets or as capsules for larger dogs.

    Power Probiotic - This multi-strain formula can be sprinkled on food or eaten by itself (many pets like the taste of it). Power Probiotic promotes the growth of friendly bacteria which aids your pet's immune system. Why is this important? The majority of your pet's immune system resides in the the intestinal tract. Using Power Probiotic is essential if your pet has taken steroids or antibiotics, as these medications reduce the population of friendly bacteria. Friendly bacteria fight off pathogens, bad bacteria and viruses in an effort to keep your dog healthy. Power Probiotic is essential for all pets.

    Amazing Omegas - Omega 3 fatty acids can reduce symptoms and inflammation in in the respiratory system. Amazing Omegas is the absolute best fish oil for pets, naturally derived from sardines, mackerel and anchovies. Packed in glass bottles, it is free from toxins and PCBs. It only takes a few drops to help your pet.

    Immune Harmony - Contains plant sterols proven to be effective for treating autoimmune disease in dogs, helps to modulate the immune system and supports long-term immune health.

    The Best Diet For Dogs With Chronic Upper Respiratory Infections

    Dogs are carnivores. For your convenience, manufacturers make dry food that can be left out all day. Dry food is over processed, overcooked and requires high amounts of carbohydrates to manufacture the food so it will stick together. Carbohydrates break down into sugar which feed the bacteria and viruses creating a vicious cycle. Finally, to improve storage time, many manufacturers add chemical preservatives to keep the food from spoiling so you can leave it out all day......Click here to learn more about how dry kibble can affect your pet's health.

    Other than avoiding dry kibble, feeding a hypoallergenic diet using a novel protein has been especially helpful for dogs with upper respiratory infections, allergies, asthma and other chronic infections. There isn't "one" diet that is appropriate for every pet as age, breed and health conditions vary. On the order form at checkout, please include your pet's diet and we will provide a diet suggestion for your pet's specific needs on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.

    Why Use Ask Ariel Supplements To Help Your Dog With Respiratory Infections?

    Many pet owners have seen the benefits of using supplements on their own health and now want the same for their pets. Our premium, natural pet supplements have been used successfully in veterinary hospitals since 2005. Ask Ariel's remedies are selected based on quality, scientific research and proven results. A holistic approach with supplements and diet changes (FREE diet tips on the packing slip with your order) can give your pet much needed immune support. Many veterinarians have seen the proven results of our products with their patients which is why Ask Ariel pet supplements are veterinary recommended nationwide.

    Need Help?

    If you have questions, please feel free to email us at Support@AskAriel.com. We will be happy to provide you with additional information about our natural remedies for respiratory infections, kennel cough, bronchitis, and breathing problems, but please know that due to veterinary regulations, we cannot provide individualized consultative advice without a physical exam.