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Dog coughing

Dog Cough

It is vital for dog owners to immediately detect the causes of dog coughing, which otherwise could be deadly.

A coughing dog should be treated properly to avoid other related serious health problems. Coughing directly affects the respiratory system by hindering the ability in dogs to breathe properly.

Dog Coughing Causes

  • Kennel Cough: Dog kennel cough is a type of infection that affects the upper respiratory tract of dogs.

    Kennel cough in dogs leads to irritation and inflammation of bronchial area. It is important to start the treatment immediately to avoid serious cases of pneumonia.

    Kennel cough also results in acute dog dry cough which can lead to other secondary infections. The Bordatella vaccine protects dogs from several strains of kennel cough.
  • Internal Parasites: Parasites like roundworms or heartworms affect the intestinal tract and can trigger coughing. This can be potentially deadly if left untreated.
  • Heart Disease and Heart Failure: Dogs with serious heart problems experience irritation and bouts of coughing. Dog heart diseases can also cause serious dog breathing problems.
  • Allergies: Certain inhaled irritants trigger a reaction in the mucus membranes lining the respiratory tract.
  • Auto-Immune Diseases: Auto immune disease can lead to an excessive production of mucus in the respiratory tract, which triggers a “wet” sounding cough.
  • Coccidiosis: A micro-organism, it affects the dog’s respiratory tract and lungs.
  • Other causes of dog coughing include tonsil inflammation, upper airway obstruction with mucous, food or fluid, pharyngeal polyps, and laryngeal disease.

Dog Cough Symptoms

  • Hacking cough
  • Phlegm
  • Fever
  • Retching
  • Gagging
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty in breathing.
  • You must watch for chronic cough in your dogs. In case of dog chronic cough, you must immediately see your veterinarian. After recognizing your dog's condition, you must provide it with the necessary care and guidance.

Dog Cough Treatment

  • You must minimize physical stress until the treatment gets over.
  • You must provide plenty of fresh drinking water and healthy diet for a quick recovery.
  • You must give the prescribed medications to the dogs as directed.
  • In case of chronic cough, bronchodilators and aerosol therapy are recommended.

Dog Cough Diagnosis

The vet will carry out various diagnostic tests to know the underlying cause of dog coughing. This will include a complete physical examination, X-rays, completed blood count, serum biochemistry tests, and heartworm test. Sometimes radiographs are taken to evaluate the airways and lungs to identify if there is fluid around the lungs, lung tumors, or heart failure. An accurate diagnosis is vital for successful treatment.
  Submitted on May 7, 2010  

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