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Can dogs catch colds?

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Has your dog ever started to show symptoms of a human cold?

Turns out, dogs don’t experience colds the way humans do. In fact, dogs can’t catch human colds at all! However, they can experience symptoms such as;

  • snotty noses,
  • nasal discharge,
  • light sneezing,
  • potential loss of appetite,
  • and feeling a little lethargic.

Now these symptoms aren’t to be mixed up with Kennel Cough. Kennel Cough is actually a combination of viruses and bacteria and highly contagious among dogs.

Symptoms of Kennel Cough can include;

  • a harsh, dry, hacking cough
  • retching
  • sneezing
  • snorting
  • gagging
  • vomiting
  • a lack of appetite
  • lethargy
  • fever

While some symptoms are similar, the illness itself is very different. If your dog is showing any of the symptoms mentioned above, be sure to contact your vet for immediate instruction! It helps if you keep an eye on their stools too, this is usually a clear indication that something is wrong.

It’s also really important to know that it’s best to change clothes and wash your hands frequently when treating a sickly dog. While dogs can’t catch human colds, they can spread infectious germs to other dogs and humans.

So be thoroughly hygienic and avoid as many social gatherings as possible; i.e. group walks and events etc.

Once you’ve spoken with the vet, we wanted to share with you some home remedies that have helped our fur babies get through some of those cold like symptoms.

Olbas Oil is a great natural treatment that can be put on a bandana and placed on or near your dog for them to inhale. You can even place some drops on their bedding so that they experience the full benefits Olbas Oil. It will help them to breathe easier in a matter of minutes.

Homemade chicken soup for your dog is a perfect remedy if your dog is refusing to eat or drink. It’s a very gentle and aromatically soothing remedy that helps to hydrate your dog and give their bodies much needed nutrients in a time of need. It’s also very gentle on the stomach and can be very soothing and comforting for our sick pooch.

Homemade thyme tea is perfect for stopping any fungus or bacteria from growing and making your dogs sickness last longer than it needs too! It’s a beautiful natural remedy filled with vitamin K, iron, manganese, calcium and dietary fibre – all things your dog needs to kick these cold like symptoms in the butt!

Colloidal Silver is one of my favourite home remedies! It’s naturally antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal (among many other benefits) which makes it a perfect addition to curing your dogs symptoms!

In fact, when Lulu (Frank’s sister) had really bad cold like symptoms the other day we focused on using the Olbas oil, keeping her warm and spraying Colloidal Silver into her mouth and around her sore nostrils every few hours. Within 3 days Lulu was feeling better and chasing Frank around the garden and stealing his toys!

What are your home remedies? We’d love to hear about them! And if you have any questions regarding this topic, please let us know and we’ll get back to you!

Paws of Love,

Sarah (fur mum to Frank) xo

P.S. Are you in the Frank and Jellys ‘Doggy Detectives’ Facebook group? It’s a place where fur mums and dads go to make friends, test doggy products and share stories on best products. PLUS we always share tips and tricks as well as offering advice and sharing experiences when one of our furry friends is not well or not behaving! It’s great fun and it’s absolutely FREE to join! Come join the fun HERE xo.

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