Can My Dog Catch a Cold?

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The answer is yes but the cold and flu causing viral and bacterial agents for humans and dogs are different. Therefore if you catch a cold or the flu it cannot be transmitted to your dog and vice versa.

Although the causes of colds in dogs differ from humans, the symptoms are basically the same which include runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, chronic cough, watery eyes, loss of appetite, lethargy, sleepiness and fever.

It’s important to know the difference between a common dog cold from a more serious health issue. Kennel Cough is a contagious type of cough typically contracted through boarding kennels. This illness is known to infect a very high percentage of dogs at least once during their lifetime. The dry cough is most easily recognized by its characteristic honking sound and depending on the severity will need to be treated by a vet.

Other cold like illnesses include Canine Influenza virus, Parainfluenza virus and Adenovirus. These are highly contagious and transmitted by infected dogs.

Canine Distemper is a potentially life threatening viral illness. Symptoms include coughing, vomiting, high fever and thick discharge from the eyes and nose. Non immunized dogs that come in contact with an infected animal carry a high risk of contracting this disease and unfortunately there is no cure for it. The best prevention is routine vaccinations.

By keeping your dog indoors during cold, wet weather and providing healthy food and fresh water daily, this will help your dog’s immune system fight infections. But if your dog becomes ill and symptoms don’t improve within a few days, always consult your vet.

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5 DIY Projects for Dog Lovers

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Are you handy with the tools and need a little inspiration? Here are five fun projects you can make for your dog that not only look great but are functional too!

Dog House with Roof Top Deck – not just your ordinary dog house

Modern Pet Bed and Side Table – furniture that doubles up as a dog bed

Vintage Coca-Cola Crate turned Dog Bowl Holder – very cool idea

Dog Potty Patch with Fake Grass – ideal project if you live in an apartment

Pallet turned Dog Bed – easy, fun and versatile

Is your dog a couch potato? Are you lacking energy too?

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Here are a few ideas to motivate you into exercising together and bonding with your dog;

Boot Camp for Dogs – An action packed class for fun and fitness. Check out your area for a doggie boot camp near you or if you have an iPhone, download this fitness app. It combines cardio training, strength training and dog training for you and your dog to do together!

Interval Training – A fitness program to boost your dog’s health, strengthen muscles and release those feel-good endorphins. You can choose from beginner, intermediate, advanced or the athletes workout depending on your dog’s level of fitness. Can be performed outside, from a bike or treadmill.

Dog Training/Agility Classes – These classes combine both mental and physical activity. Check out training facilities in your local area.

Kick the Soccer Ball – Your dog will love chasing you and the ball around the park or backyard! Not only is it free but you get a good cardio workout at the same time.

Exercise is just as important for your dog as it is for you. Not only will you both stay in shape but you will have fun spending time with your furry friend too. Before you begin any workout routine make sure you have the right equipment and accessories. For great fitness belts check out our online store.

What is your dog thinking?

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Discover Magazine has published an article by animal behaviourist Stanley Coren about what your dog is really thinking.

An interesting guide to your dog’s emotions, dreams and body language. Did you know the mind of a dog is roughly equal to that of a human who is 2 to 2¬Ĺ years old?

Based on decades of research this article is definitely worth a read if you want a better understanding of your dog’s thought process.