“Dogs can definitely catch a common cold,” Dr. Kate Earl of DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital in Portland, Oregon, tells The Dodo.
While human cold season lasts from September through April, there doesn’t seem to be a season for dog colds. But thankfully, you don’t have to worry about passing on your sore throat to your pup, or the other way around.
“It is very unlikely that dogs and humans can swap cold viruses,” Earl explains. “However, colds can definitely be transmitted to another dog and can sometimes be transmitted to another animal species.”
If your normally playful and energetic pup doesn’t want to get out of bed in the morning, that can be a clear sign he’s feeling under the weather. Look for symptoms similar to a human cold, Earl notes, which can include a cough, runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes and lethargy.