Can Your Dog Catch Your Cold?

If you’re sniffling and coughing your way through a winter cold and are worried that your dog might catch it, you have nothing to worry about according to petMD.

The common cold is not communicable between species, and dogs suffer from a different type of cold that the kind that afflicts humans, so your dog can’t catch a cold from you – or vice versa.  But while there are differences in the types of viruses that infect humans versus dogs, the symptoms are basically the same:  sneezing, coughing, runny or stuffy nose, andwatery eyes.

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If your dog is exhibiting these symptoms, but is in otherwise good health, petMD recommends that you treat the condition as you would a simple human cold — with lots of liquids, healthy foods, warmth, and maybe even some time in a warm and humid room. This can be done by placing a humidifier near his rest area or by filling the bathtub with steaming water and letting the dog hang out in the bathroom for a bit (not in the water), just to let the steam loosen up his sinuses and lungs. But if your dog’s condition doesn’t begin to improve in a few days, or if your dog is very young, very old, or suffers from other health issues, a visit to your veterinarian is in order.

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Read the full article on petMD here.

PetravelR™ wishes you and your pets good health! Gesundheit!

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