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I Think My Dog Has a Cold

December 28th 2008 21:07
It's actually very possible for your dog to catch a cold, but it isn't quite the same thing that you and I can develop. The common cold for people is not the same virus that causes a cold in your dog. Typically, when a dog catches a cold, it's caused by a virus or bacteria, that is canine specific, which means that you can't catch the cold that you dog has.

The signs of a cold in your dog can include coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and runny eyes. But, these are also the same igns of other respiratory conditions, such as Parainfluenza, Bordetella (Kennel Cough), Adenovirus type-2, Pneumonia, and Canine distemper.


For the most part, if you have a puppy or an older dog, you want to take the canine to the vet if you notice the signs, as their immune systems are not quite developed (puppies) or can be compromised (elderly dogs).

Your vet can determine whether or not your dog has a cold or if he has another respiratory concern. For the most part, the vet may take a chest x-ray to rule out Pneumonia and take blood to rule out other health concerns.

For the most part, your vet can prescribe an antibiotic to help aid the symptoms of the dog cold, and to help fight any new bacteria from further compromising the immune system, while your dog's body is fighting the original virus.

In addition to any medications that your vet may prescribe, you will want to try to keep the dog warm and out of the cold weather as much as you can. You also want to make sure that your dog can keep up his strength in order to provide his immune system a little support; you can do this by providing boiled chicken and brown rice to your dog's dry food.

Depending on how bad your dog's cold is, you may consider runnin a vaporizer near the dog's sleeping area to help keep his bronchial tubs moistened.


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Comment by Anonymous

August 4th 2012 00:33
my old dog is coughing and has goopy eyes. she isnt eager about walks like usual and she wasnt excited to see me when i got home (like usual). she isnt eating and i am very concerned. she is a cavalier king charles if that matters.

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