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How to Tell If Your Dog Has a Cold


It’s that time of year again when the temperatures drop, and sniffles and sneezes become far more common. However, cold symptoms don’t just affect people. They can also occur in your dog! Learn more about dog colds and how you can recognize if your dog’s experiencing one.

What Causes Dog Colds?

There isn’t one virus that causes colds in humans. Instead, there are a number of viruses that cause cold-like symptoms. The same holds true for dogs. They can be infected by several different cold-causing viruses.

What Are the Symptoms of a Dog Cold?

The symptoms your dog might experience if he has a cold aren’t so different from those that you might endure. Dog cold symptoms include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Lethargy
  • Poor appetite

How Can I Prevent My Dog from Catching a Cold?

Unfortunately, the cold weather makes it easier for your dog to pick up germs. However, by keeping your dog’s immune system in tip-top shape, you’ll be doing everything you can to prevent that from happening.

You can help keep your dog’s immune system healthy by feeding him nutritious foods and making sure he gets enough exercise. You should also wash your hands frequently if you or your dog is sick. Lastly, keep sick animals away from your dog.

Can My Dog Catch My Cold?

Your dog cannot catch your cold, however, there’s a small possibility he could catch the flu from you. Recently, doctors have discovered that some strains of the flu can be passed from humans to dogs.

Still, that scenario is highly unlikely. In most cases, cold-causing viruses are species-specific.

Uh oh. My Dog Has a Cold … Now What?

In many ways, you want to treat a dog’s cold the same way you’d treat your own. So, for sick dogs, you’ll want to make sure they get enough rest, food, and drink. We also recommend wiping your dog’s eyes and nose with a warm, wet cloth to keep them clear and comfortable.

Humidified air is also helpful, so if you have a humidifier, make sure to plug it in the room your dog spends the most time in. You can also keep your dog in the bathroom with you when you’re bathing or showering.

Bring your dog to Beechwold Vet should you notice him doing any of the following:

  • Not eating or drinking well
  • Experiencing breathing problems
  • Not recuperating within a week’s time

If your dog has one of these symptoms, please make an appointment with us. It’ll give us the opportunity to rule out other illnesses and provide your dog with medication, if needed.

Speaking of medication, you never want to give your dog human cold medication you have laying around at home. It can make him very ill.

How Can I Schedule an Appointment for My Sick Dog with Beechwold Vet?

It’s easy to set up a checkup for your dog. Just call us or schedule an appointment online. We’re located at 4590 Indianola Avenue, and we offer weekend and evening appointments for your convenience.

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Beechwold Veterinary Hospital


4590 Indianola Ave. Columbus, OH 43214

Clinic Hours

Monday: 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM Tuesday: 7:30 AM – 7:30 PM Wednesday: 7:30 AM. – 6:30 PM Thursday: 7:30 AM – 7:30 PM Friday: 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM Saturday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Sunday: CLOSED