It’s that time of the year again when the humans start sniffling and sneezing! If you have ever wondered if your dog can get a cold, the answer is yes! Not just dogs though, pet birds, ferrets, and even pet rats are all able to catch a cold from a person. If you have a cold, it’s best to keep your distance from your beloved pet so you don’t spread it. Be sure to wash your hands before handling your pet and their food and water until your cold subsides (although that is just good practice all the time, cold or not).
Dogs who have colds exhibit similar symptoms to humans; lethargy, sneezing, runny noses, and watery eyes. If there is also wheezing involved, it is best to take your dog to the vet right away to rule out other problems that have similar symptoms.
Just like humans, there isn’t much that can be done for a cold in a dog other than giving it time to pass. Give your pup plenty of TLC and rest, and make sure they have fresh water and nutritious food. If it’s cold outside be sure to provide your pooch with a warm jacket, and provide a comfy blanket inside as well.
As always, if you have any questions about your dog’s condition be sure to call your vet.