Activities For A Dog With Bronchitis

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Introduction

It may seem a little surprising that a dog can get bronchitis but they definitely can. If your pup happens to get this ailment, you will want to try to help them feel better in any way possible. You also want to be sure your dog stays happy despite being sick which can be a challenge for you. This guide will help you take care of your dog with bronchitis while still having fun with your pup.

Food Boost

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Dog Food Bowl
Dog Food Recipes
Healthy Foods
Activity description
When your dog comes down with a case of bronchitis, it can last up to several months. However, there are a few things you can so to help speed up your dog's recovery time and one of these things is to give their food a healthy boost of extra nutrition. Just as humans take vitamins and eat antioxidant rich foods in order to boost their immunity, dogs can do the same. There are many nutrient rich foods you can buy in the pet store but why not make your own? Giving your dog nutrient rich food is fairly inexpensive and can be done any time regardless of weather
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Research
Look into what super foods are good for your dog and consider what your dog would enjoy. Take into account that their throat is likely bothering them so foods that are rough or crunchy may not be the best choice. For example, carrots may irritate your dog's bronchitis while pumpkin, a similar super food, may feel good on your dog's throat. Buy the ingredients you think will be best.
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Cook
Look for recipes using the nutrient rich foods that are suited for dogs. You can find a wide variety of dog food recipes online or in dog cookbooks that will give your dog the nutritional boost they need to recover from bronchitis. Start off easy with a few basic dog treats and then move into full fledged meals for your pup. Keep the ingredients to a minimum and always double check that the ingredients you use are pup-friendly (don't throw in some "extra" chocolate!).
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Taste
Give your pup some of the homemade super healthy dog food you whipped up. See if your dog enjoys what you made or if you need to go back to the recipe drawing board. While super foods won't cure your dog of bronchitis instantly, it will help your dog in the long run by giving them the nutrients they need to fight colds and infections. Making your dog's food is also just a fun way to bond with your pup!
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Road Trip

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1 hr
Items needed
Blanket
Collar
Car
Activity description
When your dog has bronchitis, they may be a little sluggish and not want to go for walks or run around like they usually do. However, they should be getting more rest than they typically do in order to get better. Rather than push your dog to be active, opt for car rides instead. Going for a nice car ride with your dog will allow them to get out of the house, sniff some good smells and not over exert themselves. Car rides are fairly inexpensive (just the price of gas) and since you'll be inside, you can go for a car ride in any weather.
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Route
Plan the route that you and your dog are going to take. Opt for somewhere that is scenic so that you won't get bored as you drive and your dog will be able to see some interesting things as well. Places that may have good smells are also desirable for your pup - think ocean side roads or trips through heavily forested areas where scents are likely to be dense. Plan for about an hour long drive which is long enough to be interesting but not so long that your dog gets too worn out.
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Car set up
Make sure the car is a comfortable place for your dog. When your pup has bronchitis, it is especially important that they are comfortable as you drive around. Dog blankets or even a back seat dog bed are good options to help your pup get cozy. If the weather is nice, roll your dog's window down a little bit so that they will be able to get fresh air and smell all the interesting things as you drive.
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Hit the road
Head out on your adventure with your dog! Make sure your pup goes to the bathroom before the trip and then ensure they are settled in the back seat before you start driving. Talk to your dog as you drive so that they know you are right there with them and make them relaxed. Enjoy the scenery from the driver's seat as well and know that you are helping your bronchitis-ridden dog have a good day.
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Water Fun

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Any Day
Free
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10 min
Items needed
Water Bowl
Activity description
When your dog is sick with bronchitis, you will want to make sure they are getting extra water. Water will help rid your pup's body of any toxins and help them recover from bronchitis faster. On top of that, nice cold water will help your dog's throat feel better and help with their digestion overall. Sounds like a great idea! However, getting your pup to actually drink more water may be a little more challenging. These fun, inexpensive activities will help! You can do these activities in any weather, indoors or outside, wherever you and your pup like to hang out best!
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Bowls and more bowls
A simple thing like a new water bowl will help your dog drink more water. When the bowl looks new and exciting, your pup will be intrigued and want to give it a try. Grab a few different bowls and put them all in front of your dog with some cold clean water inside. Then, sit back and see which bowl your dog goes to first. Maybe they like a bright red bowl or perhaps one that is simple and white. Maybe they will pick a different bowl everyday!
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Flavored water
Humans are big fans of flavored water. We like to add lemon, carbonation and even berries. Know who else likes flavored water? Your pup! Add a few drops of plain chicken broth or beef broth to their water. A little will go a long way so don't go too crazy. Your dog will instantly be drawn to their new tasty water and drink as much as they can. Just remember to take the flavored water away when your pup is done drinking and discard it - you don't want chicken water sitting out day after day!
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Moving water
Dogs are naturally drawn to water that is moving. It is just exciting to drink from a waterfall! Look for a dog bowl that you can hook up to a water source to provide constantly flowing water for your dog. There are even actual waterfall dog bowls you can purchase for your pup! If this is a little too much for you, just pour your dog's water into their bowl from a water bottle nice and slow so they can lap it up as you pour.
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More Fun Ideas...

Movie Night

There is nothing quite as nice as cuddling your pup while you watch a movie. This is a great activity for your dog when they are feeling under the weather with bronchitis as it shows you are there, giving them love in their time of need.

Weight Loss

Dogs tend to get bronchitis when they are obese so if your dog has frequent breathing problems, think about a weight loss plan that would be fun for you and your dog. Extra walks, a few less table scraps and your pup will be dropping pounds in no time!

Conclusion

Having a dog with bronchitis is never fun. You just want your dog to feel better! One of the best ways to help them is to make sure you are caring for their spirit as well as their overall health. Schedule fun things to do like the activities in these guides to ensure your dog is happy despite having bronchitis. Your dog will recover soon enough and be back to their fun, loving and active selves.