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