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Your dog will occasionally come down with a cold when their immune system is not functioning at its best.
But here’s the deal:
While it is common for pets to catch a cold, people never spread this viral infection to canines.
The disease is certainly contagious though not in that way! Transmission from humans to dogs is virtually unheard of.
Your Dog Can’t Get The Cold From You
Anything you’ve been told to the contrary is a myth!
Forget What You Heard
Regarding this persistent rumor…
The spread of infectious diseases, from people to dogs, is pretty much impossible.
Rest assured, you won’t give Fido a cold. It is just that simple!
Bacteria, viruses and organisms that thrive in your body will not survive in a dog’s system. The same goes for the flu.
Note: A few cats were infected with H1N1 Swine Flu. We’re talking 1 in a billion!
What About the Reverse?
So we know that your dog can be near you even when you’re sick with a cold.
But can the same be said if the situation is reversed? Can a pet transfer the disease to you?
The answer is also no!
Again, a cold is not communicable in these scenarios. In fact, the viruses are completely different in humans and dogs.
There is no way this sickness can be transferred in either direction. Period!
Assessing a Canine Cold
A cold manifests similarly for dogs, but there is one big difference…
Pets obviously can’t tell you about their upper respiratory tract troubles.
How to get a handle on the situation?
A runny nose is expected, but a yellowish or greenish nose mucous discharge does not necessarily indicate infection.
Sneezing, cough and loss of appetite also aren’t especially worrisome (unless the symptoms linger on for days).
General weakness and fever are the biggest concerns.
Pro Tip: Consider taking your dog’s temperature with an infrared digital thermometer.
Treating Your Dog’s Cold
A common cold isn’t life threatening, but complications can develop.
Seek a vet’s help if you have reason to believe the illness is worsening. You do not want your dog getting pneumonia.
The thing is a cold can eventually get into the lungs.
There are also quite stubborn infections (specific to dogs) such as Kennel Cough and Canine Flu AKA H3N8 virus.
Your veterinarian may prescribe an antibiotic. Vitamin C may also be given for an immune system boost.
Keep your dog warm and dry. Limit time outside, especially in cold weather.
Why do that?
The bronchial tube constricts in frigid environments and this could make breathing difficult.
Hydration Is Important
Make sure there is plenty of water at the ready. Well-hydrated hounds have easier recoveries.
Sometimes using Pedialyte is warranted.
The electrolytes keep a balance of moisture inside your dog’s system during this difficult time.
The Bottom Line
Dogs and their masters cannot catch the common cold from one another.
The virus, under such a scenario, has a noncommunicable nature.
It can’t happen!
Do not worry about making your dog sick. So, despite your cold, you can snuggle up!