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Q. My cocker spaniel has been sneezing for about 3 days now and sounds a little raspy when she breathes heavily. Could she just have a cold??

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A. There really isn't a "cold" that dogs get. They do get infectious tracheobronchitis (ITB), which is commonly known as kennel cough, and can cause raspiness and sneezing. ITB usually resolves on its own in healthy animals in about 7 - 10 days. Usually the dog is coughing (dry, hacking) as well. They can get pretty sick from it, however, and some will go on to develop pneumonia. If she seems unwell at all - fever (you can check with a rectal thermometer - should be 100 - 102), lethargy, unwilling to eat, etc - you should take her right in. Her signs are pretty unspecific, and although ITB is really common in dogs other things - like canine influenza - can look like it but are much more serious diseases.

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