Q. Hi, my 7 month old german shepherd has had a stuffy nose for the past 2 days. He seems tired and to be panting. Is this serious or a common cold?
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM
A. I would be concerned about panting and congestion in any pet, especially a puppy. They can get kennel cough (which is sort of like the common cold in people), however this typically causes coughing and is caused by a bacteria not a virus, so it requires antibiotics to treat.
I would recommend you get puppy a vet appointment to check him physically and get his chest listened to (auscultated) so that a proper diagnosis can be made and they can prescribe an appropriate treatment for him.