Can Dogs Get A Cold From Humans? – Smart Dog Owners

Can Dogs Get A Cold From Humans? - Smart Dog Owners

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(Sarcoptic Mange: A Zoonotic Ectoparasitic Skin Disease) Andy Wilkinson, I happen to be one!18 Views Yes, even if the mites aren’t interested so much in the dog (let’s say the dog is treated for mites, ticks, etc). From a stuffed up nose to body aches to a sore throat, the cold provides a plethora of misery no matter how healthy you are. Sadly the dog is often a homeless wretch wandering the streets being turned away from every door way or place to call their home, either because of the smell, the impact on the other dogs in that area of the unsightly appearance of the dog. Luckily, a cold is one of the viruses that is impossible to transmit to your dog. If it was transmissible, can you imagine how many dogs would be suffering alongside their owners every winter? The human cold has evolved and adapted to survive only in a human body.
Can Dogs Get A Cold From Humans? - Smart Dog Owners

It isn’t able to replicate and thrive in any other environment, including your dog’s body. Dogs don’t catch colds like humans do, but they can certainly get respiratory tract infections and bacterial illnesses like kennel cough. If your dog has an upper respiratory infection or kennel cough, they typically present with things like nasal discharge, a dry cough that gets worse at night, lethargy, a low-grade fever, or a loss of appetite. All these growths causing the dog to suffer not only the pain of the increasing tumors but complications when eating, drinking & breathing. If their lungs sound fine, your vet prescribes an antibiotic and an antitussive (anti-cough) medication to keep them comfortable and help battle the infection. Most respiratory illnesses are considered “social” diseases, meaning they catch them in places like dog parks, animal shelters, and boarding kennels. Kennel cough (bordetella) has a vaccination, but it doesn’t prevent the illness 100 percent; it simply makes the infection less severe if it does occur.

It’s very, very rare that your dog catches a common illness from you, but a common cold is impossible for your dog to get even if they’re immunocompromised. The next time you get a cold, don’t be afraid to snuggle your pup and share some close quarters with them. They’ll appreciate giving you comfort as much as you like receiving it.

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