Common cold… it is not a life-threatening disease, but definitely an annoying one. Constant sneezing and runny nose can make anyone cranky, even dogs.
Let’s talk more about dogs and colds.
Dogs can get diseases that make them sneeze and cough just like us. However, your dog’s cold symptoms can also be the result of a serious illness.
What is Common Cold?
When people talk about catching a cold or flu, they are referring to a variety of germs. All these viruses are grouped as cold because they cause the same symptoms, such as sneezing, sore throat, crooked eyes and nose, and common ailments. In humans, the most common cold viruses are rhinovirus to causes more than 50 percent of human infections, as well as the corona, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza, and parainfluenza viruses.
The causes of the common cold in dogs are the same. None of the viruses received the label as “cold virus.” Instead, many different viruses can cause cold symptoms in dogs. Some of these symptoms are more critical than others. Hence, it is important to treat your dog’s cold symptoms with a little more concern than your own cold.
Cold Symptoms in Dogs
You can see some of your cold symptoms of flu in dogs.
Common cold symptoms include:
Runny or stuffy nose
These symptoms can be the result of a cold dog virus, but they can also be symptoms of serious conditions, for example, kennel cough, dog flu, parainfluenza virus, bronchitis, or canine distemper.
If your dog is experiencing these symptoms, your safest option is to call a veterinarian for advice. If your dog is also experiencing changes in diet, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or other behavioral changes, your dog may have a serious illness that requires veterinary treatment.
Common Cold or Kennel Cough?
Kennel cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease in dogs. It gets its name from its usual place of transmission – dog kennels. In dog kennels and other places where large numbers of dogs congregate, dogs can easily catch and transmit germs. Kennel’s cough is treatable, and many dogs recover, but it can have serious side effects in puppies and dogs with weakened immune systems.
The most distinctive feature of kennel cough is a dry, itchy cough caused by dogs. Some people equate it with the sound of a goose.
Other symptoms of kennel cough include sneezing, runny nose, weakness, loss of appetite, and low fever. Since many of these symptoms can also be found in infected dogs, it is always important to consult a veterinarian.
What else can cause Cold symptoms?
Viruses are not the only cause of cold symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, or rolling eyes and nose. Coughing can also be the result of a viral infection, such as parasites of heartworms and roundworms. Fungal infections and allergies can also cause symptoms such as colds and can lead to lung tissue damage and possibly pneumonia.
Treatment of Cold in Dogs
If you suspect your dog has a fever, the first thing you should do is call a veterinarian. While a small fever is probably not a cause for concern, you must eliminate any other causes of your dog’s symptoms.
Your veterinarian will perform a physical examination of your dog to listen to his or her heart and lungs and may recommend doing a series of diagnostic tests to make sure your dog is not in a serious condition. Radiographs, fecal analysis, and blood pressure can help diagnose the cause of your dog’s cold symptoms and lead to your dog’s best treatment plan.
Treatment for your dogs cold will depend on the cause. While minor colds often resolve on their own, if your dog’s colds become a disease like kennel cough or something else, your veterinarian will recommend a treatment regimen that may include rest, second-line antibiotics, cough suppressants, and fluids, especially if your dog is a puppy or immune system.
Can Your Dog Get a Cold From You?
The chances of dogs getting the flu from humans are very low. Bacteria that cause symptoms such as colds in humans and dogs rarely jump from one species to another, so you can easily relax by giving your dog the charge of smokers.
Similarly, you will probably not catch your dog’s flu, but some dogs at home or in the area may be at risk of catching any virus that causes your dog’s cold. So it is safe to keep your dog away from other sick dogs.
Common Cold Prevention For Dogs
Sadly, there is no standard dog vaccine, just as there is no human vaccine, due to the large number of germs that can cause colds.
Other causes of symptoms such as cold, however, have goals. Cancer vaccines like a kennel, distemper, and canine influenza virus can help reduce your dog’s risk of contracting these diseases. Veterinarians often recommend that all dogs be vaccinated against distemper. Talk to your veterinarian if you recommend any other measures to keep your dog healthy.
As a dog owner, you can keep your eyes and ears open to talking about outbreaks of dog diseases in your community and at the same time avoid moving your dog where other dogs meet.