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Can Dogs Catch Colds? Here’s What Your Local Veterinary Expert Advises

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Dogs are probably the most loyal and loving pets you can have. They quickly become a member of your family. Which is exactly why seeing them getting sick is so heartbreaking.

No need to worry, though - your local veterinary expert can help you get through this.

This article will shed some light on one of the most commonly asked questions on the Internet: Can dogs catch colds?

You'll also be able to find out some useful tips and knowledge so you'll know how to handle such a situation.

1. Can You Pass the Cold on to Your Pet?

This has been proven to be a simple misconception. In short, no, a human can't pass on a cold to a dog or vice-versa.

You need to understand the viruses causing the sickness are different, so they can't pass from one species to another. This means you can still pet your dog when you have a cold - especially if it makes you feel any better.

Of course, if you and your dog both get sick at the same time, it's merely a coincidence.

2. What Are the Symptoms?

Most of the symptoms are quite identical to the ones you could be experiencing:

  • A runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • A lack of energy
  • Decreased appetite

However, you have to keep one thing in mind. Some of the symptoms presented above could be indicative of another - far worse - disease, such as:

  • Kennel Cough - it's distinguished by very loud coughing (learn more)
  • Influenza virus - it has the same symptoms as a cold but with a fever as well
  • Allergies
  • Parasites

Here's how you can tell if your dog is in pain.

3. When Should You Take Your Dog to Your Local Veterinary Center?

The first thing you should know is young pups and old dogs have a weaker immune system.

Thus, as soon as you notice one of the symptoms we previously discussed, you should take your dog to a vet. You can easily schedule an appointment online.

It will be almost impossible to diagnose your dog by yourself at home. Any local veterinary professional would strongly advise you to take him/her to a clinic for a check-up.

4. How Do You Keep Your Dog from Catching a Cold?

There's an old saying along the lines of "prevention is the best medicine."

The best thing you can do is take your dog to your local veterinary specialist on a regular basis. 

You'll actually find out there is a vaccine which helps your pet stay healthy. Granted, it's not against the cold virus which affects dogs, but the vaccine will empower the pet's immune system.

Under any circumstance, avoid treating your dog without prior medical advice. Doing this without the right treatment could eventually make everything worse.

Pharr Road Animal Hospital is Atlanta's premier veterinary care center. Our team has nine compassionate, dedicated, and specialized doctors. Our center is fitted with the latest technologies in diagnostics, procedures, and surgery.

If you think your pet needs our assistance call us right away at 404-238-7438.

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