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We have a beagle/jrt age 11 months. He is a happy energetic dog and he goes on long walks and goes to doggie day care usually 1-2 days per week. At day care he plays with lots of other dogs. He has all his shots/vaccines that the vet recommended including kennel cough.

Two days ago, after he got home from day care, he sneezed like six times in a row, then he was all right but the next day he had about four more sneezing fits like that. During the night he had a hard time getting comfortable and kept getting up, rustling and turning, seemed restless.

Today he went on a shorter walk and was more sleepy than usual and sneezed a few more times.

Do dogs get colds like people and just feel kind of run down or what? I thought because he had the shots for kennel cough he wouldn't get it. We had to prove he had those shots to bring him to day care so I thought the other people's dogs would have the same shots too so why would he have kennel cough. But he's not doing a hacking cough its just sneezing.

I am wondering what you think it could be that I can research, and also if it is worth it to go to the vet for this or no.

Thank you !!
 

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For a short answer, yes. Dogs can get the cold and the flu just like humans can. Though it can be allergies that your dog could have. Most likely it is a cold that he has. However, if you are very concerned about it then you should take him to the vet. I'm sure he is fine, he probably just has a little cold. It doesn't hurt to get him checked out at the vet.
 

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Thank you he is still snuffling and sneezing and is lethargic, today he didn't eat much until the evening. I looked online on petMD and the dog cold page did describe his symptoms. He did play a little today with his toys and played fetch which was encouraging. But he also took several naps in my lap and is resting more. Poor guy I am going to bring him to the vet if he doesn't get better in two days.
 

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If you have questions regarding his health, and are convinced something is amiss, I would not wait two days to get him to the Vet. If he has something that is treatable, IMO sooner is best to start that treatment, may avoid more serious issues & complications later.
 

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Thanks for the response, he is almost rid of all his symptoms now still occasionally sneezing, but we already made appt. with the vet for Saturday. It will be good to get him checked out anyway, in case there are more symptoms we don't see or he is allergic to something.
 

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Now I am glad that he has the appointment, he was fine all day but woke up from his evening nap to go outside and he had watery mouth and was trembling a bit so when he came back in I put a sweater on him and he drank some water, no other symptoms so he just went back to sleep now and sleeping fine, but still worried for him, will see if I can get him to appt tomorrow instead of Saturday. He may have run around too much today. I wonder if he has allergies to something, he hasn't been introduced to anything new in the house or food or product wise.
 

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Having him checked out by your Vet will provide useful information, as well as a treatment plan, if one is necessary. Let us know what your Vet says.
 

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Well we went to the vet this morning. I'm really glad we went because I'm relieved it's not something serious. Vet took his temp and did physical exam which Kiko held very still for and I was proud of him, then he got peanut butter :) vet said it is a low grade viral infection which some people think of as dog cold. He said it will go away on its own in a few days and it wasn't serious enough to prescribe anything for. But if we want to we can give him 1/2 dose of adult benadryl for the symptoms. He said he is not sick enough to stay home and not get exercise so keep walking and exercising him.

We went for a family walk in the woods today and he was very good, running and jumping around, only sneezed a few times. Getting better :D

Also we got his flea and tick medicine and heartworm medicine which he just ran out of.
 

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When I adopted my dog from a shelter he had kennel cough despite getting vaccinated for it. Antibiotics helped it and rest. Glad your pup is ok and not too bad. My dog got worse with exercise.
There's dog flu too. This year I read dogs are getting the same strain that's so bad with people and it's airborne and dogs can catch it from people sick with flu. Dogs get colds too.

Just a precaution.
 

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Great news, and a big relief to know for sure its nothing serious, and will self resolve. Dogs, can catch colds, and flu, but I didn't think the human form was transmittable to dogs.
I had that flu this year, and felt that our dog was pretty safe, despite her close proximity to me. She did not get sick, maybe just luck, but as sick as I was, I sure would not have wanted her to go through that.
 

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That's just what I read on a news article. This year's flu is pretty nasty and dangerous and reportedly airborne contagious. Glad you recovered ok.

I feel like I've had colds over the years and my cats and dog also wound up sneezing and coughing around the same time. But they all like to steal my pillow and sleep on my bed and cuddle right up against my face all the time do get very close, more risky I'd think.
 

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The vet mentioned the dog flu going around and was happy to say that it wasn't that, because he wasn't exhibiting those symptoms. What a relief, I'd be so sad if the dog got the flu. I know that viruses probably get passed around plenty at day care. It's a great place, the dogs all play together, usually small dogs and big dogs separated, but Kiko plays well with all size dogs. So, I know people probably bring their dogs in sick, or not knowing they are sick.

Kiko has been vaccinated for kennel cough but he still got it anyway about two months ago, I don't really understand that.
 

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There is some controversy regarding the bordetella vaccine, and frequency it is required, if its required at all. My own experience, when we adopted Samantha, she had Bordetella (Kennel cough) and she was so sick with it. She would cough all night, we wound up sitting up with her, on shifts at night, seemed like forever, probably 7 to 10 days, though. Since then, that was eight years ago, I get her that nasal vaccine every six months. She has never reacted to it, nor has she had bordetella again. I, of course, can not with 100% certainty say regularly vaccinating her against bordetella has absolutely protected her, but I can say, it certainly does not seem to have done any harm.
 
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