Humans and dogs are pretty much alike: both social mammals, in need of affection, and highly emotional. Not only our behaviors and emotional capacities are similar to dogs’, but we also share the same organs, systems, and cellular structures. In fact, dogs and humans are so similar that we even share some mundane issues like colds. Really? Do dogs get colds? Yes, in fact, they do!
Symptoms of dog cold
Do dogs get colds? You won’t hear your dog blowing his nose, but, luckily, there are other ways to find out your pup has a cold.
- Sneezing (wet sneezes)
- Coughing (pay special attention: if it’s a dry cough, it could be a sign of kennel cough)
- Eyes discharge
- Runny nose
- Lethargy or odd behavior (less energy)
Usually, symptoms of a cold could last between 5 to 8 days, and dogs rarely get a fever. If your pup is not showing any signs of improvement, or if he has a fever, consult your vet to dismiss canine flu, kennel cough, or any other respiratory condition.
‘There is no way a dog can catch a cold from a human, and vice versa’
Treatment for a dog cold
As long as your pup’s breathing and eating are normal, there is no need to worry. Your pup won’t need antibiotics or any prescribed med. However, there are some home remedies you can try:
Fluids: Dogs with a cold should rest more and drink lots of fluids (e.g., water, broth, etc.). You can also add to your dog’s food some water to increase the liquid intake so your dog stays hydrated.
Steam: Take into account that dogs can really benefit from steam therapy too. Let your dog in your bathroom while you shower, in order for him to inhale the steam and lose up his congestion. It’s a win-win: he’ll keep you company while getting better.
Cough medicine: If your dog keeps coughing and you notice he is uncomfortable, you can ask your vet to prescribe a cough reliever. Your vet will assess your dog’s particular case and will tell you if it’s needed. Never give your dog any unprescribed med!
Harness or collar: Last but not least, loosen up his harness or collar. A tightened collar can cause irritation of his trachea and cause more coughing. Also, during these days, shorten walks, avoid harsh games, and make sure your dog gets proper rest.
Do dogs get colds from humans?
The answer is no, dogs can't get cold from humans. If you were worried about passing the cold along to your dog, sit back and relax: it’s not possible. The viruses that cause dog and human colds are species-specific, this means that dogs can’t get humans colds and vice versa. Colds are caused by two different viruses: rhinovirus is the most common in humans, and parainfluenza in dogs.
Thus, dogs can get colds from other dogs, so pay special attention if your dog goes to daycare, or if he/she walks with other dogs.
Preventing a cold
Nowadays, there are vaccines against many respiratory conditions, like canine flu, distemper, parainfluenza, and Bordetella. Getting your dog vaccinated is super important since it will prevent him from getting a serious condition. You can discuss your pup's calendar with the veterinarian, and he/she will recommend to you what's best for your furry BFF.
Besides, you can boost his immune system through our Multifunctional Dog Chews, which contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help dogs process environmental toxins and maintain a healthy immune system. You can also add our All-in-one Supplement Powder to your dogs' food, which regulates the immune system and fights allergies.