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Question: Can dogs catch a cold?

“Can dogs catch a cold?”

Answer: Yes! I wrote on this in November, and  here’s a good article from PetMD on dogs catching colds

The thing is, there are many other  reasons besides a common cold virus that a dog would have similar symptoms to a common cold, coughing (distemper or kennel cough) worms, fungal parasites, allergies and other infections.

Just as in humans the cold is one of many viruses that cause similar symptoms, coughing, runny nose, sneezing

But unlike in humans the cold viruses that your dog gets are NOT contagious to you, or “cross-species” or at least not that scientisits have discovered.

<<There are other highly contagious, cold-like illnesses to be familiar with, as well. The influenza virus, parainfluenza virus, adenovirus, and tuberculosis are all illnesses that can be transmitted by infected dogs.

Another potentially life-endangering viral illness is canine distemper. A dog exhibiting symptoms of distemper will usually have coughing, vomiting, high fever, and a thick discharge from the eyes and nose.>>

Another article about dogs getting colds, agrees with this information and adds tips on how to help your dog get better.

The first and second tip are…Warm & Steamy methods!…

<< Helping Your Dog Recover
1. Increasing Fluid Intake
If your dog has common cold, the simplest way to get rid of it is by feeding him/her lots of nutritious liquids. Chicken broth, for instance will work wonders for your dog too.Steam Therapy
2. Try to get your dog to inhale steaming water which will unclog the sinuses. Bring over a tub of hot water, and gently lead the dog to inhale the vapors. Be careful not to allow the dog to go too close to the steaming water.
Read more at Buzzle: >>
So there you go. Yes they can, no you won’t catch it from each other, and, if it is a mere common cold, the way to get better is the same as for us, Warm & Steamy methods
— Peggy The Doctor’s Wife

127. Repost part 2 “Speech from Common Cold Convention

CONTINUED FROM PART 1

Over-The-Counter common cold remedies

do they really work to get rid of your cold? Or are they just very expensive placebos?

 

Repost from www.ThoughtCatalogue.com

(NOTE from Peggy The Doctor’s Wife: this is a fictional humor essay, but I appreciate its critique of the ethics of the hugely profitable, yet ineffective, cold remedy market for the pharmaceutical industry

Third, our beloved lobbyists. We appreciate you continuing to dispel rumors that a cure for the common cold was invented in 1952. It was not. And if we occasionally come up with a cure for the common cold, please know that it’s simply because we ran out of marketing ideas.

Lastly — and relatively new members to our brethren, who are quickly attaining a reputation as earners — I’d like to acknowledge the creators of the magic elixirs, who have convinced people they can stave off the common cold with vitamin C powders, magic bracelets and even magnetic toe rings. Stand and take a bow. I speak for this entire auditorium when I say we are truly looking forward to your line of tattoo cures in 2013.

I know we’re all excited to get to the happy hour and toast our good fortune, but I’d like to reminisce for a moment. I don’t mean to get sentimental — we all know the danger of contracting conjunctivitis from public crying. But whenever I see people sharing a ChapStick, or an obviously non-monogamous couple kissing in public, or someone ordering a draught beer in a seedy bar — it brings a tear to my eye, not to mention a ka-ching to my soul, because I know the state of the common cold is strong.

Okay, enough dripping eye and nasal secretions all over each other. Queue up the PowerPoint. And because this convention is flush with cash, I present to you at a ridiculous cost the one, the only, Beastie Boys.  [cue music band ]

126. How long after a cold are you contagious?

In the washroom at my social dance class last night two women were LOUDLY commenting on the inconsiderate people who come to the class while they are sick.

Since I’ve just gotten over a cold, I’m especially considering the issue of exactly when are we still contagious and when are we ok to socialize again without passing on the infection?

I believe I am  basically over my last cold, but I must say , the last little dribs and drabs of cough did kind of hang on for several days, even though I feel back to basic good health again.

My energy is back, I’m getting back in shape with exercise and dancing, but  for several days there was still a tickle of it in my throat. I think its just a residual irritation from having had a cough for this past week.

I’ve heard a range of advice from the medical literature. you are infectious one to 2 days after your cold ends? But cold symptoms are so variable in duration and intensity, its sometimes hard to tell just exactly when it ends.

Dr Bob advises that when you are still coughing and sneezing you are infectious, when you have stopped coughing and sneezing, you are no longer contagious.

And I think that at the end of a cold s ometimesyou still have the cough reflex just from the residual irritation of your past infection, even after  you’ve fought it off.

Normally most people may cough or sneeze a few times a day.  So if the basic advice is that if we are coughing and sneezing we are contagious, once that is over we are not spreading the virus germs anyway, and are probably free of the illness, even if there is an occasional cough.

I’m not coughing or sneezing anymore, except perhaps a few times a day. So I feel quite ready to get back to my normal activities to get my health strong again

But still, I’m trying to be very considerate to not spread any possible leftover germs around.  I’m being careful not to breathe on my partners, keep a good social distance, and wash my hands frequently.  And I hope others do the same for me as well.

And I’m still keeping myself and especially my upper airways as warm as possible to get rid of any last bits of the virus entirely.

I also just stocked up on some very good new soups! Spanish Chicken Kale & Rice, chicken tortilla soup, and little super-healthy veggie souffles, microwaveable and yummy topped with salsa.

Illness or not, they are good for my body and soul!

For your happy healthy life.