Can Pets Catch Colds??

It’s very common for people to catch colds, especially during the winter time. Once one person comes home sick the whole household becomes infected. But can your dog catch the virus too?

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.

Cold symptoms:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • 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.

Different Virus

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
  •  Adenovirus
  •  Tuberculosis

These viruses can be transmitted to dogs from other infected dogs.

Life endangering virus

Canine Distemper Symptoms:

  • High fever
  • Vomiting
  • Thick discharge from eyes and nose
  • Coughing

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
  • Allergies

Veterinarian Assistance

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.