Dogs cough for a variety of reasons. Just like people, they can cough to clear the airways of debris or mucus, but a persistent cough should be checked by a vet. All dogs cough sometimes, but only a vet can help you rule out some of these causes, identify why your particular dog is coughing, and provide a treatment plan. Every time I see a patient with a cough, I think about these possibilities and then apply what I know about the particular dog to help me decide what tests might be appropriate to find out what the problem is.
The following are some of the reasons for persistent cough (not in order of importance):
Another option includes bronchodilators, also known as beta-2 agonists , are one of the most common medications administered to dogs with tracheal collapse. They work by relaxing the muscles in the airways, making it easier to breathe.
Some dogs may respond well to bronchodilators right away, while others may need to take them for a few weeks or even months before they start to see results.
How to tell reverse sneezing from choking
- Reverse sneezing causes minimal discomfort and gums remain pink
- Can usually be stopped if you call or distracts a dog
- The dog is 100% fine immediately before and after
If in doubt, consult a veterinarian immediately. True suffocation is often fatal. No vet will criticize you for being careful, even if there is nothing wrong.
How to tell when a dog coughs after eating is cause for concern
Every dog is different, and not all dogs eat quickly or cough after consumption. Still, it’s best to watch your dog while he eats and drinks. If the cough becomes frequent or comes on suddenly, visit your vet.
“Depending on the cause, if a medical condition is found, treatment may include surgery, medication, or lifestyle changes,” says Dr. Haines. “I have certainly seen dogs with chronic cough that responded quickly to medical treatment and their cough completely resolved within a couple of weeks.”
Just like us, dogs can have a sore throat. It’s rare, but canines can also get tonsillitis. If you notice your dog licking his lips and making swallowing movements, and has a sharp, gagging cough, it could be a sign of a sore throat or an indication that he has something stuck in his throat.
Pneumonia can be caused by parasites such as heartworms or roundworms, a bacterial or viral infection, or by inhaling something like dirt, grass seed, food, or even vomit that can cause an infection . A wet, gargling cough is an indication of pneumonia. Bronchitis is a dry cough with wheezing and retching. Smoking can be a cause of bronchitis in dogs There are two types of lung cancer, primary and metastatic. Primary lung cancer is rare. Metastatic lung cancer migrates to the lungs from other parts of the body through the bloodstream and is more common, especially in dogs older than ten years.