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Can dogs get colds?

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frostedviolets Sun 01-Mar-20 07:08:35

Dog seems to have woken up this morning with a bit of a sneeze.

It sounds like a sniffing and you can see her throat moving when it happens.

Does she need to a vet or is this likely to be a mild sniffle that will go on it’s own?

She’s fine in herself, not acting ‘ill’ in any way

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frostedviolets Sun 01-Mar-20 07:15:24

Observing more closely, i think it’s a cough, not a sneeze.
Like a sniffing sort of sound.

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shockthemonkey Sun 01-Mar-20 07:32:58

Dog coughs sound different, but not like sniffs. To me they sound and look like a mini gag at the back of the throat. But I'm not very knowledgeable about this and we have actual vets and other very experienced dog people on this board so I'll step aside now after saying hope it gets better very soon!

shockthemonkey Sun 01-Mar-20 11:03:32

I cannot find a video of a dog coughing, but here is a copy-paste from WebMD:

"If your dog is hacking away or constantly making noises that make it sound like he's choking on something, he may have a case of kennel cough, or canine infectious tracheobronchitis. Although kennel cough can sound terrible, most of the time it is not a serious condition, and most dogs will recover without treatment.


The classic symptom of kennel cough is a persistent, forceful cough. It often sounds like a goose honk. This is distinct from a cough-like sound made by some dogs, especially little ones, which is called a reverse sneeze. Reverse sneezes can be normal in certain dogs and breeds, and usually only indicates the presence of post-nasal drip or a slight irritation of the throat.

Some dogs with kennel cough may show other symptoms of illness, including sneezing, a runny nose, or eye discharge.

If your dog has kennel cough, he probably will not lose his appetite or have a decreased energy level."

None of these different descriptions of coughs (variously "hacking", "choking sound", "honking", "reverse sneeze") sound like what your dog is doing though.

Bump for people in the know!

shockthemonkey Sun 01-Mar-20 11:08:40

OK found a video... poor dog!

hope that link works. Worth watching to the "treatment" part grin

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