Can Dogs Get A Cold?
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.
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.