Watching our dogs coughing is an instant stress for us. Dog coughing is not only a sever condition, there can be other reasons too, which can be treated easily.
These are the most common reasons if your dog is coughing:
If your dog’s coughing is soft as well as continuous, it indicates an underlying heart problem. Such coughing often gets worse when the dog is lying on its side and/or at the night time. You can also notice that such cough is also often accompanied by a drastic loss in the stamina of the dog.
You will need to visit a vet when you identify your dog’s cough. The vet can diagnose further to prescribe certain medications.
Kennel Cough, a highly contagious disease, is the infection of the lower main airways and the windpipe in dogs. Dogs that stay in day cares or kennels can easily get infected from another infected dog, hence the name. Kennel cough can be identified by its dry and hacking sound.
A vet diagnoses and treats kennel cough with antibiotics, more because they want to avoid associated secondary problems like pneumonia. Younger dogs are more prone to kennel cough, however, dogs of all age can contract it. Fortunately, there are vaccines available for kennel cough.
Dogs can also get infected by influenza and have an infection for even about a month. Vets can easily diagnose and treat these symptoms.
Some dogs with heartworm disease do not even show any signs, while some may cough persistently. If it is accompanied by reduced energy and appetite, you would want to visit the vet.
Bacterial or viral infections in dogs can lead to Pneumonia, a severe lung condition. Coughing sounds in a dog with pneumonia are soft and moist. It may also be accompanied by a high-grade fever, low appetite and reduced energy. With timely medical intervention and love and care, dogs can gradually recover from pneumonia.
Proper diagnosis of coughing in dogs is essential and rendering the proper treatment. Understand your dog’s symptoms and communicate well with a vet to help in the right and timely diagnoses. With proper care and treatment, your dog will get healthy quickly.