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Can Dogs Get the Common Cold? September 19, 2019

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Can Dogs Get the Common Cold?, Clarksville, Maryland

While human diseases are not typically transferrable to dogs, and you won’t be able to infect your pet with your sickness, dogs do get illnesses that are very similar to human colds. Just like the human version, dog colds are mainly caused by viruses and certain bacteria. Learn the symptoms of colds in dogs, so you’ll know whether your pet is just feeling a little under the weather or needs a quick trip to the nearest pet clinic. Consult the guide below to find out what the symptoms are and how to treat it.

What Are the Symptoms of a Cold?

Canine cold symptoms are almost exactly the same as cold symptoms in humans. Some of the most common include congestion, sneezing, coughing, and a runny nose. They also may have watery eyes and seem to be feeling a little bit more tired than usual. These symptoms are generally nothing to worry about as long as your pet is still active and eating and drinking regularly. If you’re worried, you should call your local pet clinic for advice and possibly make an appointment. Otherwise, if the symptoms are mild, you can typically handle treatment at home.

How Can Colds Be Treated? 

pet clinicKeep your dog’s immune system strong by encouraging him or her to drink plenty of fluids, eat, and rest. Use a damp cloth to wipe your pet’s nose and eyes to relieve discomfort caused by excess mucus. You can also use a humidifier or damp air from a hot shower to help ease your dog’s breathing and relieve congestion. Keep in mind that your dog should stay isolated throughout the duration of the illness to avoid infecting any other dogs.

What Are the Signs That Your Dog May Have a More Serious Illness?

If the symptoms worsen or don’t improve after a week, it’s time to take your dog to the pet clinic. Common signs that the illness is something worse than a cold include severe discomfort, loss of appetite, unwillingness to drink fluids, and difficulty breathing. The vet at your pet clinic can run tests to determine what the actual cause of the sickness is and prescribe medicine to heal your furry friend. Some more serious conditions that have symptoms similar to colds include bronchitis, canine distemper, kennel cough, and influenza and parainfluenza viruses. Depending on the diagnosis, your vet may prescribe antibiotics, decongestants, or cough suppressants.


Have your dog’s cold or other illness treated at the Cat & Dog Hospital of Columbia in Columbia, MD. This full-service pet clinic has been treating beloved dogs and cats since 1984. The animal hospital has a reputation for providing thorough and compassionate care to every patient. Rely on the talented staff to take care of all your pet’s medical, dental, and surgical needs. Make your first appointment today by calling (410) 995-6880 or visit the website to learn more about the available services.

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