We all suffer from colds during the winter the months and you might be surprised to hear that dogs can also suffer from the common cold.
Although a different strain of cold to the one that we get, they do not escape the runny nose and eyes that we get.
So when you are grabbing for the tissues and sneezing like crazy consider that your dog might also suffer from a cold this winter.
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Can Dogs Get A Cold? Symptoms, Cures & What To Do
Can Dogs Get A Cold From Humans?
You may be wondering if your dog can catch your cold. Rest assured this is not possible as the 2 types of cold are very different.
If you do both have a cold at the same time then it is just a coincidence and a great reason for you both to stay in bed and cuddle up.
How Do You Know If Your Dog Has A Cold?
Dogs display very similar symptoms to us when we get a cold, so you should be able to spot if your dog has a cold very easily.
Sign to look out for are:
- A runny nose and congestion
- Runny eyes
- Heavy or laboured breathing
- Coughing or sneezing
- Lack of interest in food
- A slight fever
How Do You Treat A Dog With A Cold?
The treatment for a dog cold is much like treating a human when they have a cold. Lots of love, warm, nice food and TLC.
#1. Keep them warm and dry
Love and cuddles are an absolute must for any dog who’s feeling under the weather. And it goes without saying that if your dog has a cold you should make sure you keep them warm and dry.
If you are taking them out for a short walk and it is raining then make sure they either have a coat on to keep them dry or you towel dry them when they get back.
If your dog normally spends a lot of time outside, then bring them in to keep them warm and help them recover more quickly.
#2. Make sure they are getting a tasty meal
It’s important to keep your dog’s strength up when they are not well. Sometimes when a dog is not feeling well they are not inclined to feel like eating.
Tempt them with their favourite foods to make sure they are keeping their strength up.
#3. Make sure they drink plenty of water
It’s important for your dog to stay hydrated when they have a cold. Sometimes adding a low salt broth to their water will encourage them to drink it.
You could also add some water to their food to ensure they are getting enough liquids.
#4. A Room Vaporiser
Some experts suggest that a room vaporiser or a room of steam will help clear your dog’s nose, which will allow them to breathe more easily.
If you are using a vaporiser then keep it natural – don’t add anything that would harm or irritate your dog. If you are unsure please contact your vet.
#5. Extra Blankets and Clothing
A nice jumper to snuggle up to, or even wear, will help your dog feel more comfortable. When we get sick we normally reach for a nice cosy pair of socks and warm blanket.
Your dog will want similar comforts!
Should You Take Your Dog To The Vet If They Have A Cold?
If your dog’s symptoms persist then take them to the vet and get them checked out. Your vet will definitely be able to recommend something to help.
Note: If you are concerned about your dog at any stage you should take them straight to the vets. Always take the advice of a professional.
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