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Does Your Pet Have a Cold?

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
2 weeks ago

Does your pet seem to be a little down? More tired than usual, have a runny nose, cough or appear to be sneezing more than normal? These all could be a signs that your pet has a cold.

Usually a cold is nothing to worry about for your pet. However, if their symptoms seem to be significantly impacting their daily routine or continue to get worse, we always suggest getting your furry friend check by your veterinarian. This is especially important if if they are a puppy, kitten or an elderly pet.

 Common symptoms your pet may exhibit: 

  • Nasal congestion and discharge
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Lethargy
  • Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Other symptoms not mentioned can also indicated a cold

While these symptoms can be nothing more than a common cold, they can also sometimes indicate more serious conditions in your pet such as: 

  • Canine or feline influenza
  • Kennel Cough
  • Feline Calicivirus
  • Distemper
  • Breed-specific respiratory issues 
  • Other more serious conditions your veterinarian could diagnose 

Pets can contract colds in many ways, just like humans. They can become ill by being around other sick pets and by sharing toys, bowls, etc.  Dogs are especially susceptible to colds because they tend to lick and chew on items that may have been infected by other animals that are sick. 

There is no way to completely safeguard your pets against getting a cold. The first step, however, is prevention. Here are a few tips to help keep pets healthy: 

  • Avoid contact with other sick animals
  • Keep vaccinations up to date
  • Keep them warm and dry, especially if symptoms have already appeared
  • Regularly clean food and water bowls

As always we recommend contacting 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. PetFirst can help you protect your pet against the common cold and many other common health conditions they may face. Get a quote today for your pet and begin having peace of mind should something small or large occur. 

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