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Can dogs get colds?

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Dogs can get colds, as well as a number of upper-respiratory infections with symptoms that resemble colds. Dogs are also susceptible to H3N8, a strain of the flu virus that affects dogs. Milder strains of dog flu can resemble colds in canines.

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Runny noses, sneezing and other symptoms that affect the nasal passage are often the first signs of a cold in dogs. Dogs are generally able to recover from colds without medication as long as they stay rested and hydrated. However, if cold-like symptoms persist for more than a week, they may be a symptom of a bacterial or fungal infection, a more serious problem that requires the attention of a vet.

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