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Features May 2019 Issue

Can you give your dog your cold?

Dogs get respiratory illnesses that take them off their game the way the common cold does for us.

Can you give your dog your cold?

What your pet's sneezing and coughing signify, and what to do about the symptoms.

A common concern that comes with the common cold is wondering whether your dog can catch it from you. But “dogs don’t get colds from people,” says Tufts veterinarian Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM. Human colds are generally caused by the rhinovirus, which does not thrive in a dog’s sinus or respiratory system. “In very rare instances, dogs can get the flu from people,” Dr. Rozanski says, but in general, respiratory illnesses are not zoonotic, meaning they don’t jump species.

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