My dog has a cold!

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TinaTurnipp Tue 11-Dec-18 14:33:58

Poor little mite has a runny nose and sounds quite bunged up! I wasn't aware until now that dogs could catch a cold but that's exactly what it sounds like.

He doesn't appear to have a cough and has already had his kennel cough vaccination not long ago so I don't think it's that. However, he was in dog daycare for a few days last week whilst DP worked away so he may well have picked something up there.

So far he's eating, drinking, toileting and playing just like normal so I'm not concerned enough to head straight to the vets just yet.

Is there anything anyone can recommend giving him to help 'unclog'? I've heard honey may be an idea!

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Wolfiefan Tue 11-Dec-18 14:37:01

How long ago was the kennel cough vaccination?

MrsJayy Tue 11-Dec-18 14:37:15

My dog had a cold last year i didn't know dogs got colds either he was miserable for a few days and it cleared up

TinaTurnipp Tue 11-Dec-18 14:38:24

Wolfiefan last Friday was his vaccination.

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BiteyShark Tue 11-Dec-18 14:38:55

I guess it depends on whether it's a cold or an allergy.

My dog gets lots of allergies (sneezing and runny nose) and we give him piriton from the vets (as it's been recommended by the vets we know the correct dosage and amount).

Btw kennel cough vaccination is like the flu vaccination. Don't assume because yours has had it he won't ever get KC as it only protects against some strains.

Wolfiefan Tue 11-Dec-18 14:39:53

Isn’t it a live vaccination? If so he shouldn’t have been in daycare and it could be a reaction to the vaccination. They shed the vaccine after it is given.

TinaTurnipp Tue 11-Dec-18 14:40:56

Don't assume because yours has had it he won't ever get KC as it only protects against some strains

Yes the vet did mention that when I took him and with him being in daycare it's entirely plausible he's picked it up from there. He doesn't have a cough at all though so far as I can tell it seems to just be the nose.

He is waking up a lot in the night sneezing but seems happy enough.

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Wolfiefan Tue 11-Dec-18 14:42:48

If he had the vaccination and then went to daycare he could well infect every dog there. angry

BiteyShark Tue 11-Dec-18 14:44:29

Wolfiefan yes you are right in that's it's a live vaccination which is why most kennels and daycare want 1-2 weeks after it before they allow you to attend.

OP I have just seen you have only recently had it. I think I was told mine might exhibit some symptoms a few days after.

TinaTurnipp Tue 11-Dec-18 14:44:38

Wolfie, he had his annual vaccination on Friday just gone. He was in daycare the Monday-Wednesday (so before).

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Wolfiefan Tue 11-Dec-18 14:45:42

Apologies. I misread.
Could be a reaction to vaccine.

TinaTurnipp Tue 11-Dec-18 14:46:08

PS we only use daycare very rarely when DP works away otherwise he goes to work with him so he won't be going back until well after the recommended 1-2 weeks.

I will keep a close eye on him over the next couple of days I think!

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Wolfiefan Tue 11-Dec-18 14:50:18

Maybe worth calling vet and asking if they’ve similar side effects from other dogs. Wouldn’t go rushing in.

itsnowthewaitinggame Tue 11-Dec-18 15:06:52

I've never heard of a dog contracting a cold virus

BiteyShark Tue 11-Dec-18 15:09:58

itsnowthewaitinggame I don't think they get colds like we do but they can get infections.

MrsJayy Tue 11-Dec-18 15:10:25

Yes it isn't the same as a human cold virus it is passed from dog to dog . My dog caught it from boarding kennels

TinaTurnipp Tue 11-Dec-18 15:59:49

Yes I don't think it's the same as a human cold but from looking online it seems they can get a dog equivalent!

I'm thinking it may be something to do with the vaccine for KC he had.

If he wasn't eating/drinking properly I'd be taking him in but he seems fine in every other way so hopefully he'll be okay in a day or two.

I do have a habit of panicking/ overreacting whenever he acts in remotely out of the ordinary.

When we first got him, I rushed him to the vets at the first sign of a runny bowel and was stung with a bill for absolutely nothing so OH is wary of my worrying now grin

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MrsJayy Tue 11-Dec-18 16:08:04

Oh i took my dog to the vet for whst i suspected was a twisted bowel<dramatic> he had trapped wind ans the vet gave him doggie gaviscon blush

itsnowthewaitinggame Tue 11-Dec-18 17:04:18

Well after 30 years of dog owning I've learned something today from MN!

Wolfiefan Tue 11-Dec-18 17:47:24

Tina you and me both. My dog was extremely restless the other day. I started suspecting bloat or torsion. She would not settle. Kept wandering round and crying.
She needed a poo. Or several. blush

MrsJayy Tue 11-Dec-18 18:03:28

wolfie grin my dd still ribs me about the day i took the dog to the vet too fart !

Wolfiefan Tue 11-Dec-18 18:24:04

Haha. Better that than miss something awful though. Thankfully we have insurance. blush

Ratterschnatter Tue 11-Dec-18 18:26:11

I would say he picked up Kennel Cough from doggy day care. The KC vaccine would not have done nothing and can actually give them KC much like the human flu jab. The KC vaccine is fairly pointless and just another chemical to pump into dogs bodies.

TinaTurnipp Tue 11-Dec-18 18:42:14

Wolfie, it was the first or second day we had him. I felt like a bit daft when the vet said with a smirk that they all have a runny bum for a few days at first, and that'll be £60.00 please.

I had rang OH frantically thinking he was about to pop his little clogs on the way.

It is better to be safe than sorry though. He's my best pal!

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TinaTurnipp Tue 11-Dec-18 18:42:38

Felt a bit daft*

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