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Can Your Dog Get A Cold?

Verlota Author
Published: April 11, 2019
Categories: Dog Ailments | Pet

Just like their human counterparts dogs can get a cold, however, they can not get it from the same virus that causes human colds.

So when you’re hacking away and constantly blowing your nose, it’s okay that your dog is by your side. Who doesn’t love a little comforting when they are under the weather, especially when you know you can’t get that person, or in this case dog, sick.


Your dog can, however, get sick from other dogs. You wouldn’t know if a dog at the dog park or the groomers had a cold or not, but if you did, you should keep your dog far away from them.

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Common Dog Cold Symptoms

A tell tale sign your dog has a cold is if they are acting a little “strange” around the house. You know your dog better than anyone and know when they are not being themselves. It’s no need to panic, just make sure they have a comfortable place to sleep and rest as well as plenty of water.

Dogs know when they are sick and they are pretty good at taking care of themselves. They will likely become lethargic and sleep more than usual. You may also notice they are eating and drinking water less than usual. Similar to humans, there may be some coughing and discharge from the eyes or nose. This is all normal, but if the color of the discharge is yellow or green, you should contact your veterinarian right away.

Common Dog Cold Symptoms

Treating Dog Colds & Puppy Colds

Dog cold treatments will vary based on the severity of the cold. If your dog is still eating fairly well, playing in the yard and drinking a bit of water, the cold may not be too bad. Rest is probably the best thing for your four legged friend, but also make sure they are eating and drinking as much water as they can handle. This is important in helping to build their immune system back up to where it should be. If congestion is slowing your dog down, humidified air can help clear the airways. Having your dog with you when you take a hot shower is a great way to help clear up their congested nose.

Over-the-counter cold remedies can sometimes work on dogs, but should not be used unless you have talked to your veterinarian first. While they can often help, some of them can also be very dangerous for dogs. If at any point your dog stops eating and isn’t drinking water you should take them straight to your veterinarian.

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Remember, if your dog is congested, sneezing and coughing that you should keep them away from other dogs. No one likes the person at the office that gets everyone else sick, right?

CBD Can Help With Puppy Colds & Dog Cold Symptoms

CBD – or Cannabidiol – can be very effective at supporting your dog’s immune system.  Cannabidiol dog treats and CBD oil for canines can help to soothe your dog’s aches, ease inflammation, reduce nervousness or help them sleep – supporting their body’s ability to fight colds.  Whether your dog’s cold symptoms are lingering, or your puppy’s cold has flattened their usual boisterous energy, CBD can support their overall health.

CBD Can Help With Puppy Colds & Dog Cold Symptoms

Cannabidiol (CBD) can be very beneficial for maintaining your dog’s immune system, cardiovascular system and overall vitality.  CBD helps to lessen the effects of lethargy, gastrointestinal issues and reduces anxiety, aggression and stress-related disorders.

Think of CBD as a supplement that can reduce the severity and frequency of most – if not all – of your dog’s cold & flu symptoms. 

Cannabidiol is a phytocannabinoid that has been shown to have a prominent effect on numerous ailments – including epilepsy, arthritis and cancer.  Remedies containing CBD achieve this by interacting with your dog’s endocannabinoid system. Almost all animals, like people, have an endocannabinoid system; this network of neurotransmitters is integral to physiological processes like memory, mood, pain, stress and appetite.

This complex biosystem is very prevalent in dogs in comparison to other species.  Canines have a high concentration of CB1 & CB2 receptors in their brainstem. CB1 receptors affect the brain, lungs, vascular system and muscles, gastrointestinal function; whereas, CB2 receptors are linked to bones, skin spleen and glial cells.  In combination, CB1-CB2 collaborate in influencing the overall immune system, liver, kidneys, bone marrow, pancreas and brainstem.

CBD can help your dog by producing anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, antipsychotic, antispasmodic and analgesic effects indirectly – that is, CBD interacts with your dog’s ECS (Endocannabinoid System) opposite to THC which directly binds to the Cannabinoid Receptors of the body.  This does two things: makes the positive remedial properties more bioavailable to your dog; and lessens or negates the psychoactive effects, such as those associated with THC ingestion.

As you can see by the scope of ailments that are affected by CBD, it is clear how introducing CBD into your dog’s routine can benefit their vitality.

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