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Sniffle…Cough…ACHOO! Can Dogs Catch Our Colds?

on February 8, 2011

I’m sitting here sniffling and sneezing with a nasty winter cold. Ugh. Not surprising, though, since I always seem to be around lots of people who don’t mind sharing their cold germs. Very generous indeed!

Ack! Keep those cold germs to yourself, please!!

I got concerned that Daisy could catch this thing – it’s a strong one, and from what I’ve heard, they’re lasting anywhere from 2-4 weeks this year. Now THAT’S something to look forward to…{said with extreme sarcasm}.

Anyway, from what I’ve read, it seems that neither colds nor the flu can be transmitted from human to dog, or vice versa. Dogs can catch their own kind of cold, but they can’t catch ours.

Thank goodness.

There was an exception, apparently, with the 2009 H1N1 flu, which was transmitted to some dogs, cats and ferrets(!). Since we don’t know what flu strain will actually be prevalent each year or whether it can be transmitted to our pets until it’s too late, here are a few precautions you can take:

~ Don’t shower your pet with germs. Cover coughs and sneezes.

~ Wash your hands frequently (a good practice anyway).

~ Make sure to keep your pet out of the garbage where he could get hold of  your tissues (yuck).

~ Restrain from close cuddling during the flu’s most contagious time – while you still have a fever.

Essentially, you just give your dog the same consideration as you would anyone else. Pretty simple.

I’m gonna go lie down now. Stay well everyone!

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2 responses to “Sniffle…Cough…ACHOO! Can Dogs Catch Our Colds?

  1. So sorry to hear that you have a cold. M had one recently and it did last almost two weeks. Probably not what you wanted to hear…I hope yours is a quickie and goes away soon!

  2. tiffy40 says:

    Hope you feel better soon, it’s not fun being sick:(

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