Dogs and the Common Cold

Let's talk about dogs and the common cold. A runny and stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing, headache, these are the symptoms of the common cold that we all occasionally suffer from. A cold usually isn't anything serious, but you know it's sure not fun to have a cold. When you catch a cold you're probably at your medicine cabinet, drug store, or doctor's office at the first sign of a cold. However, what do you do when your dog appears to have the common doggie cold? This article will discuss dogs and the common cold virus that they get.

As a dog owner you need to understand that dogs can get colds too. However, you can't spread cold germs to your dog and your dog can't get you sick with a cold. There are different types of colds and they are not spread between species. You may get a cold thanks to your spouse or co-worker and your dog may catch a cold from another dog, but you're not contagious to each other. Be aware that there are certain diseases and illnesses that can be spread from pets to animals. That is why it's important to wash your hands after handling any pet, dog, reptile, hamster, etc.

Some people think that them and their dog have the same cold because the symptoms are so similar. If your dog has a cold they are likely to have a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and even coughing. Dogs can also get other viruses that cause symptoms such as fever. It's always best to seek medical attention from a veterinarian even if your dog appears to be okay. Pets can't talk and there are many dangerous and common illnesses that share similar symptoms. You don't want to mistake a serious virus for the common cold. Plus, when you're sick you can take medicine so why not take your dog to its doctor for some medicine that can help make a cold less awful.

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