We all know that feeling – head pounding, just wanting everyone to stop talking – a headache.
Headaches affect nearly 45 million people in the United States alone, according to the National Headache Foundation. So it makes sense for the inquisitive person to ask “Can dogs get headaches?”
No, it’s not weird to care about your lovable companion enough to ask the question.
Though the medical or veterinary communities have not published many studies on the topic, the assumption can be made that because a dog has a brain with pain nerves like humans do that they too can get headaches.
Can Dogs Get a Cold?
Headaches are not the only ailment that a pup can go through.
Just like humans, dogs can also suffer from a cold. Similarly again, it is not weird as a caring pet owner to ask the question “Can dogs get colds?”
The difference is that unlike headaches, the colds that your dog experiences are very different from the illness that humans contract.
Illnesses do not cross species. So you as the owner cannot give your dog a cold even if the signs and symptoms seem to be similar to your own.
Much like the different ways to infect a human (viruses, bacteria, and fungus to name a few), there are just as many ways to infect a dog.
Some common ailments for your pooch are a kennel cough, like the name suggests, this is a loud cough and is usually spread in a kennel.
If you suspect that your dog is sick always call the vet.
With a much larger background and understanding of animal illnesses, they will be able to accurately diagnose your pet and start them on the right regimen for a speedy recovery.
If that’s not an option right now, here are some at home remedies to bide time until you can get in to see the vet.
A steam inhaler or hot bath can open up your dog’s pores and help your canine sweat out the illness or at the very least help in clearing our their airways.
Drinking and eating are also essential to ensure that your dog is getting a healthy diet to better fight off the illness. A healthy diet for your breed of dog will keep his white blood cells in the best shape to fight off that disease.
Try adding vitamin C to your pup’s diet to increase his immune system’s ability to fight off diseases. This could be adding citrus to their diet as well as eucalyptus or mullein flowers.
Always check with a vet first before changing your dog’s diet to ensure they are still getting all the right nutrients.
At the end of the day, dogs can suffer from many of the same things that slow down us as human.
Whether it’s illness, disease, or even just a headache, dogs suffer from all of them too.
Be sure to talk to the vet and seek the professional care your animal deserves to ensure a speedy return to health and happiness.
Recognizing the fact that animals can suffer too enables them to be given the care they need to be the same old happy-go-lucky selves that made you fall in love with them in the first place.