Do dogs get colds?

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.

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8 Responses to Do dogs get colds?

  1. Mommy Outside says:

    Dogs do not catch the cold virus that humans get. They can get viruses that are transmitted from other animals but cannot catch the common cold from a person.

  2. Freda Schofiield says:

    Yes, dogs get colds but it’s a different virus and can’t be transmitted across species.

  3. mike says:

    no every other place i read tells me your dog cant catch human cold or viruses

  4. Everything I have read contradicts what is being said here. My understanding is that dogs are not prone to the rhinovirus (sic)…..Talk to me…

  5. Elaine Burton says:

    I’m so relieved to read that dogs can catch colds! Not sure who gave to who as myself & my poor pooch Austin both have colds.

  6. Doug Dern says:

    My poor girl has a cold right now. I was scared until I read this article. She is sneezing and has a cough. Feed a cold.

  7. Kolchak used to get colds all the time (poor little guy!) Luckily we’re on a healthy streak and it’s been a couple of years. We found a humidifier with an herbal congestion mix in it really really helpful. Some herbal cough suppressants are also canine safe. Our holistic vet helped us pick a good one!

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