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Posted by: Marthie | 2011/08/16

Can dogs get colds and flu

My 4year old German Shepard is Coffing he carries on until he vomits up flem. He is losing his winter hair can this case the irritation? He seems ok eats well plays and does his normal things. His stool is loose and flemmish. Can he have flue?He spends most of the time with the family and have free access inside he sleeps inside in the winter. We all had our normal turn of flue this year therefore my thinking that he is having his?

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Does can get flu-like symptoms but the disease cannot be transmitted to or from humans. It is best that you take your dog to the vet for a check-up.

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Posted by: CyberVet | 2011/08/19

Does can get flu-like symptoms but the disease cannot be transmitted to or from humans. It is best that you take your dog to the vet for a check-up.

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Posted by: Chill | 2011/08/16

Dogs don''t get flu as such, but they certainly can have infections in the throat or other parts of the respiratory tract. In addition, a cough is sometimes a symptom of something else, so if it has lasted more than a couple of days, it would be best to let the vet have a look. If his stool also isn''t normal, and he''s losing hair, there may be something brewing, and it''s always better (not to mention cheaper) to get to it earlier rather than later when things are more serious and may have caused damage already.

It''s quite possible that all he needs is an antibiotic - but the vet will first have to make sure there''s nothing else going on.

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