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How Do Dogs Get Colds? How Should They Be Treated?

Do dogs get coldsColds are common illnesses during the fall and winter for both people and dogs. Let's take a look at what causes it, what it looks like, and what you can do to help your dog feel better.


How Do Dogs Get Colds?

Just like with humans, dogs get colds from the cold virus. This virus mutates constantly and spreads easily.


What Do Symptoms Look Like?

Symptoms of colds in dogs include:
   •  Runny nose
   •  Sneezing
   •  Coughing
   •  Wheezing
   •  Rapid, shallow breathing


These symptoms are caused by other illnesses as well, such as kennel cough, canine flu, and other respiratory diseases. Because it can easily be confused for something more serious, it’s important that you have your veterinarian check out your dog if you suspect something is wrong.


How Can You Provide Your Dog Relief?

To make your dog more comfortable, there are a few things you can do. First, don’t force physical activity. If your dog is already feeling badly and having respiratory trouble, leave the workout for when he’s recovered. Then, make sure your dog is staying hydrated. If he does not want to eat or drink, low-sodium chicken broth is a suitable short-term option. Using a humidifier or putting your dog in a warm, steamy bathroom helps break up mucus that’s making your dog feel stuffed up. Finally, make sure they have a warm, secure place to rest away from drafts and windows.


How do dogs get colds? They catch them the same way as we do – by catching the contagious virus. If your dog is showing symptoms of a cold, keep an eye on him and call the vet if symptoms last more than a day or two.

Wondering if your dog’s symptoms are a cold or something else? Input his symptoms into the Symptom Checker below to see what it may be:


Pet symptom checker


Bookmark this page to keep this checker handy for the next time your dog gets sick.


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