Different colds Different Germs
Yes, your precious pooch can come down with a respiratory infection but not necessarily from a family member, unless it’s a furry 4-legged family member . As the title implies, there are different germs out there that infect dogs vs. humans but the symptoms remains the same.
- Runny nose
- Stopped up nose
- Watery eyes
According to PetMD, there has yet to be a discovery that dogs can transfer these germs to humans.
Its highly imperative to know the difference between common cold and more serious virus. Listed below are serious contagious virus.
- Kennel cough (dry cough)
- Influenza virus
- Parainfluenza virus
These viruses can be transmitted to dogs from other infected dogs.
Life endangering virus
Canine Distemper Symptoms:
- High fever
- Thick discharge from eyes and nose
When it’s not a virus
There are other colds that your dog can get that may mimic an infection but isn’t. Here are a few examples.
- Parasite in lungs
- Breathing problems (asthma)
- Fungal infections
Before you try to medicate your pet or assume your dog just have a simple cold, check in with your vet first! Common colds can be prevented by keeping your pets warm in the winter and kennel cough can always be prevented by booking your pet’s staycation with us, NOLAs Finest Pet Care.