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I don't know about colds, but dogs definitely can blow coat following an illness or even from the antibiotics. Anything that causes a momentary interruption in the hair growth can cause a weak spot in the hair. (I've been told that for this reason, if a wool sheep gets sick, they shear them as soon as they are well again, so that any "weak spot" is at the end, rather than in the middle of the fiber)
When Kodi had Clostridium last Jan., he had a fever and had to be on abx. He blew his coat and looked pretty ratty for several monhts. It all grew back again, though! It probably hasn't reached its full length again yet, but he looks good, and his coat is shiny and silky to touch. I was quite alarmed when it first happened, though!
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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