Dog Coughing - Causes And TreatmentBy Sam Weeks | April 27, 2021
It may surprise you to know that dogs cough, just like humans. It’s not talked as often as barking or other varied noises dogs make. If you’d like to know exactly why your furry friend is suddenly coughing, read on. This is not a complete list, but just some of the causes for your canines cough. Your dog could be coughing for these reasons:
Your dog may have an infection
Much like humans, dogs can develop viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasitic infections. It is usually in the upper respiratory tract, lung tissue, bronchitis, or both in some cases. ‘Kennel Cough is a common infection and is caused by viruses or bacterial infection. Your dog could also develop a canine influenza virus which results in mucus discharge from the nose, coughing, and fever. It is recommended that your dog be encouraged to rest and drink plenty of fluids. A vet such as us from Vets on Call can prescribe a cough suppressant if deemed necessary. If we find that your four-legged friend is suffering from fungi or parasitic infection we can prescribe medication for that too. The only time medication won’t help is when it’s a virus, as it’s best just to let it run its course.
Sometimes the airways of your canine are chronically inflamed and no cause can be found. The diagnosis of Chronic Bronchitis will be reached. It is usually characterised by a dry hacking cough which gets worse due to exercise or excitement. There are prescription medications that can be given to ease the symptoms, it’s up to your vet to decide on the best treatment for your furry friend.
Heartworm is contracted from infected mosquitos. Their presence in your dog’s body can create irritation in the heart and lungs. Left untreated this can lead to heart damage and death. Heartworm treatments, once diagnosed, are very safe. However, if your dog doesn’t have annual checkups the disease may cause irreversible heart damage which can be very costly to treat and result in a diminished quality of life for your furry friend. Here at Vets on call, we can give annual checkups in your own home and at an affordable and convenient time.
Following on from the previous reason, heart issues more generally can cause your dog to cough. Mitral valve endocarditis, dilated cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure from many different causes can be a culprit of your dog’s persistent cough. The great news is that with modern pharmaceuticals your dog can be very easily treated or in some cases surgery by a qualified surgeon is an alternative.
Inhaled a foreign object
It happens to all of us, human or four-legged, we accidentally inhale or ingest a foreign object. The common response is to cough until the object is out. It’s an inelegant process but necessary. If your dog cannot successfully get the object out an endoscope is needed. If you feel your dog is frequently coughing and not getting any relief it’s best to consult the services of a vet in case further action is required.
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