Can Dogs Catch Colds From Each Other?

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When cold season arrives, you may find yourself avoiding anyone sneezing or coughing in the hopes of making it through without catching a cold. Like humans, dogs can spread bacteria and viruses through direct contact. While your dog cannot catch your cold, he can catch other coldlike diseases from his canine friends and spread them to others.


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Contagious Canine Colds

Your dog can contract a simple cold that produces symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose, stuffy nose and watery eyes. These simple colds often pass without the need for treatment, similar to human colds. Unfortunately, many serious diseases and infections, such as kennel cough or canine distemper, present with the same symptoms. Left untreated, can be fatal.


Veterinarian Care

If your pooch has the sniffles, visit your veterinarian and rule out infection. If he suffers from just a simple cold, fluids and rest will have your pooch back to his normal self soon. If it is a more serious condition, your dog may require treatment. In the case of canine distemper or kennel cough, isolation is also necessary.


By Deborah Lundin

PetMD: Your Dog and the Cold Germ
National Pet Pharmacy: Dog Colds
Animal Family Veterinary Care Center: Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (CIRDC)


About the Author
Deborah Lundin is a professional writer with more than 20 years of experience in the medical field and as a small business owner. She studied medical science and sociology at Northern Illinois University. Her passions and interests include fitness, health, healthy eating, children and pets.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.