Q. My toy poodle seems to be having a hard time breathing through his nose & is shivering pretty badly. His eyes are also runny. Is it just a cold?
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.
A. Dogs don't really get "colds" like we do, although there are some canine respiratory viruses that they can be susceptible to. He sounds pretty uncomfortable, with the shivering and all, and at 14 years old I'd recommend a visit to the vet as soon as possible, since trouble breathing can represent pretty serious disease, such as heart failure.