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Can Dogs Get A Cold? – Symptoms, Treatment etc.

Today’s read isn’t about COVID19 but about whether your dog can get a cold.

With the Corona Virus spreading wild, some of you may be wondering if your dog can get a cold? Which will also lead to another question running through your mind as to weather your dog can be infected by the Corona Virus. 

But today let’s focus more on the common cold!

Sometimes a cold might not be dangerous to our health but it can be very annoying.

Certain infections would make your pet sneeze or sniffle, just like humans do. Nonetheless, when your dog gets a cold, it might imply something else, he could have a disease of some sort.

What Is a Cold?

When talking about catching a cold, we usually think about viruses. We call it ‘cold’ because these viruses carry the same symptoms.

Examples of such signs can be sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, etc. For humans, rhinovirus is the highest viral cold agent and has caused more than 50% of all severe cases.

Examples are influenza, parainfluenza viruses, and coronavirus.

Just like humans, dogs and pets also experience the same causes of cold. A single virus cannot be labeled as a cold-virus. Rather a lot of multiple infections cause the symptoms in our canines. Some of these signs could be more severe than others.

So treatment for your dog’s cold symptoms should be more vigorous than how you would respond to yourself.

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Can dogs get a cold? – Symptoms.

Some symptoms of your dog catching a cold are pretty obvious.

Some of the symptoms are:

  1. Runny nose
  2. Teary eyes
  3. Coughing
  4. Sneezing

These signs can also be signals to more complicated conditions. An example is kennel cough, dog flu, or canine distemper.

When your pup shows symptoms, contact your vet for knowledge on how to go about it. Your dog could have an extreme case if it shows signs of low appetite and diarrhea and will need attention.

Kennel cough, also called Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis, is an extreme infection on the respiratory system of your dog. Its name is from its popular transmission place, in the kennels.

In most kennels and other areas with lots of dogs, it is not strange for dogs to be infected and transmit some viruses.

Kennel cough is treatable, and most canines quickly recover, but kennel cough can also have extreme effects on your dogs with frail immune systems.

A unique attribute of kennel cough is a dry and sound cough that canines develop. Most people compare the sound or noise to that made by a goose.

Some other signs of Kennel cough include runny nose, loss in appetite, sneezing, and sometimes fever. Since most symptoms are also in pets with a cold, it is essential always to seek the knowledge of a vet.

Are There Other Causes of Cold Symptoms?

Viruses are not the only triggers for cold signs like sneezing, runny nose, or sneezing. Coughing might also come from some bacterial, parasite triggered infections like heartworms and roundworms.

Allergies and diseases caused by fungi may also cause cold symptoms and can cause severe harm to their lung tissues.

Can dogs get a cold? – Treatment.

When you discover that your pet has cold, the most important thing to do is contact your veterinarian. A soft cold may not be something to worry much about. But it is relevant that you check out any other triggers of your pet’s symptoms.

The veterinarian will then do some examinations on your pet to pay attention to your dog’s lungs and heart and may request performing a few diagnostic tests to be very sure that your pet doesn’t have a more extreme condition.

Radiographs, blood work, and decal analysis may also aid in isolating the trigger of your pet’s cold signs to enable better treatment for your canine.

The best veterinary treatment for your pet’s cold will be on the causes. Although soft colds resolve on their own, when your dog gets a cold, like Kennel cough, your vet might suggest it goes through a treatment structure.

It may involve rest, cough suppressants, antibiotics, and fluids, especially if your dog has a weak immune system or is a pet.

Can Dogs Get a Cold from Humans?

The odds of your dog catching a cold from humans is minimal. The viruses that trigger cold symptoms in humans can hardly infect your dogs.

So you can relax if you think you can affect your cute dog.

Can Dogs Get a Cold? – Prevention.

There are no know vaccines for dog cold, just like the case of cold in humans, so it is with dogs. Thanks to the large number of viruses that trigger the symptoms.

Nonetheless, some triggers of cold-like symptoms, do have the appropriate signs. There are vaccines for distemper, canine influenza, and kennel cough, which can aid in reducing your pet’s risk of acquiring diseases.

Generally, most vets advice that dogs be given vaccinations for distemper. Contact your vet to know whether your dog should need any other type of injections.

Do not try to give your dog any treatment you do not have good knowledge of. The veterinarians are the best people to consult in terms of pet vaccinations.

As a handler and owner, it is also essential that you be on the alert for any other outbreaks of diseases in your neighborhood.

During such periods, it is not advisable to take your dog to such an environment.

Also, make sure to keep your pet away from areas where many dogs crowd up in one place.

In an instance where one dog has any disease, it is easy for other dogs to catch the infection

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Billy Maxwell

I love dogs! When I was 10 years old we had an Alsatian named "Damfo" - he was so big and strong it seemed like he was taking me for walks instead of the other way round. Our second dog was "Dinah", a beautiful pure bread Boxer. Later, in college, I earned extra money by dog sitting, training, and dog walking. I love to share stories with other dog lovers. Dogs are AMAZING!!

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