Dog Facts

Do dogs get cold?


Yes, dogs can get cold.

Many people are under impression that dogs have a better capability of surviving cold temperatures than humans. Dogs do have fur coats, but it is no help during a bitter cold. They are sensitive as people to a drop in the temperature. You should never leave your dog outdoors for long periods of time, especially when it’s winter. Buy sweaters, caps and mittens that are made specially for dogs.

There are some dog breeds that can tolerate winter and snow. These dogs are especially bred for colder climates.

Dogs can catch colds just like people. Keep your dog healthy by learning how to spot signs of a respiratory infection and how to treat it. It’s normal for dogs to sneeze occasionally.

A cold is an upper respiratory infection, and it produces the following symptoms: a runny nose, watery eyes, more sleeping than usual, nasal congestion and discharge, a little difficulty breathing through the nose, occasional coughing, sneezing, loss of appetite a general lethargy and a low grade fever if you can get the thermometer in. One of these symptoms indicates your dog’s cold is just starting.

You can provide some supportive measures to make your dog feel more comfortable during the duration of its cold: you can keep your dog warm and dry; limit time spent outside during cold weather; provide extra nutrition. This will provide immune system support; encourage your dog to drink liquids; give your dog lots of sympathy, gently wipe his nose and eyes.

Most dogs will get over a simple cold within about a week without any treatment as long as they are kept warm and hydrated. Many owners prefer to take all sick dogs to the vet for a professional opinion.

You must take all colds seriously and provide your dog with veterinary care.