How To Know When Your Pet Has A Cold

Does your pet have a little less energy than normal, a runny nose, a cough, or appear to be sneezing more than normal? This could be a sign that your pet has a cold. Don’t worry, a pet’s cold is not usually something to stress about, but if their symptoms seem extreme you should have your furry friend checked out by a veterinarian, especially if they are a puppy or an elderly pet.

Pets contract colds by being around other sick pets and by sharing toys, food bowls, etc. with sick pets. If you can recall a time where you pet may have shared germs with other sick pets it will help know where it started. Do your best to keep your sick pet away from healthy pets until they are better.

Common cold symptoms a pet may show:

  • Lethargy
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • lack of appetite
  • and more

    These symptoms can also mean your pet has a specific cold illness, including:

  • Canine influenza
  • Kennel cough
  • Feline calicivirus
  • Canine parainfluenza
  • What you can do if your pet has a cold:

  • Keep them away from healthy pets
  • Help them to rest as much as possible
  • Keep both your pet and their bedding dry
  • Clean food and water bowls, toys and anything else they may touch regularly. Do this daily.
  • Contact your veterinarian if you are concerned the symptoms may mean something more serious or if would like advice on how to get your pet healthy.