Can Dogs Catch a Cold?

As weather gets chillier every day, you might wonder if your dog, just like you, is at risk of catching cold or flu. Don’t worry, you can’t pass your cold to your dog, so you can keep finding comfort in cuddling and kissing him. However, you dog can easily catch a doggie cold and the symptoms are very similar to what you experience when you’re ill, he just can’t complain verbally.

How to spot if your dog has a cold or flu?

First, be aware that there doesn’t seem to be a season for dog colds. Unlike human colds that are common between September and April, dogs can get a cold any time of the year. The symptoms to look for include:

  • Being sleepier than usual and difficulty to wake up in the morning;
  • Avoiding to go out for a walk and being slower and less excited than usual;
  • Sneezing;
  • Runny nose and watery eyes;
  • Coughing;
  • Loss of appetite that might be down to sore throat.

What shall you do if you’re dog is showing these symptoms?

If it’s just a common cold, symptoms should disappear in a few days. Give her plenty of comfort food, don’t force her to go on long walks or eat when she’s not interested in the food. Encourage her to drink plenty of water and keep her warm. You should also avoid doggy day care or group walks with other dogs, as your dog might pass the flu to other dogs.

If symptoms continue more than a week, book an appointment with your vet as these symptoms might be a sign of other diseases.

To avoid your dog catching another virus, always make sure that her bowls, toys, bed and blanket are clean and tidy.