Can Dog’s Catch a Cold or Flu?

It’s Cold and Flu Season (Already?!). Many of us have already been stuck in bed by now nursing a bug. It is horrible for humans, but can your dog catch a cold or the flu too? Quite often we see pet owners expressing concern about symptoms that look an awful lot like the flu or cold in their pets. Here are a few facts to help explain what to expect and how to deal.

If your pet exhibits symptoms like nasal congestion, coughing, sneezing, watery sore eyes, or lethargy, your pet may be sick with the equivalent of a cold, often referred to as Kennel Cough or Canine Influenza. If this is the case, treat the symptoms. If your pet is still eating and drinking well, seems happy and alert, then chances are that home remedies, and care will do the trick. Encourage your pet to rest, and eat and drink well to help them fight off the virus. If your pet seems lethargic, is not eating or drinking, or appears to be in pain, please see your vet. The reality is that most pets are vaccinated against most common illnesses that cause recognizable cold-like symptoms. These are “canine adenovirus type 2, canine respiratory coronavirus, canine parainfluenza virus, and Bordetella bronchiseptica”. You have probably heard of ‘Kennel Cough’, this is another name for Bordetella, and it is very contagious to other dogs.

If you suspect that your dog has become infected with Kennel Cough, please stay away from populated areas where your dog can interact with other dogs. These areas would include popular dog walking trails, dog parks, walkways etc. It is relatively common for the symptoms associated with this virus to last up to 2 weeks.

Though the common cold or flu contracted by humans is not transferable to dogs, other viruses and diseases may present with the same relatable symptoms. If your dog seems off, pay particular attention to basic behaviour such as eating, drinking, breathing, eliminating, sleeping and playing. If any of these behaviours change drastically, contact your veterinarian for help.

From all of us at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital, Stay healthy this winter!

Resource: PetMD




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Last updated: July 5, 2021

Dear Clients,

At this time, we will be maintaining our current health and safety policies as the province entered the next stage of on July 1, 2021.

Note: We will not be making changes to our health and safety policy until our staff have had the opportunity to receive their second vaccine.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day than we were pre-COVID.


As of July 7, 2021, we are excited to invite our clients back into the exam rooms! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.


The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE


During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet's much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business. 

As such, effective October 6, 2020, we will no longer be available for after-hours, on call services between midnight and 7:00 am. After-hours emergency care will be referred to Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital between the hours of midnight - 7:00 am. They can be reached at 250-933-0913.

We will continue to be available until midnight for your call-in, after hours needs.

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

We are all looking forward to this next stage in our Province’s reopening and the future is looking bright! Thank you for helping us make this transition as safe as possible, so our team can be at its best and continue to look after your pet!

- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital