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What to Do WhenYour Pet Coughs: A Comprehensive Guide

Coughing in pets can be a common issue, but it's essential to know how to respond when your pet is suffering from this condition. Here's a comprehensive guide on what to do when your pet coughs.

A sick dog being cheered up by his owner

Photo of a sick dog being cheered up by his owner [Credit: Freepik]


Understanding Coughing in Pets

Coughing is a reflex action where your pet clears their throat or lungs. It can be caused

by various factors, including infections, foreign bodies, allergies, heart disease, or

tracheal collapse.

Common Causes of Coughing in Pets

Some of the common causes of coughing in pets include kennel cough, tracheal

collapse, heart disease, and pneumonia. Less common causes can include distemper,

heartworm, chronic bronchitis, and cancer.

When to Consult Your Veterinarian

While occasional coughing may not be a cause for concern, persistent coughing could

indicate a serious health issue. It's crucial to consult your veterinarian if your pet

exhibits symptoms such as coughing blood, mucus, foam, or if the coughing is

accompanied by other signs of illness.

Home Remedies for Mild Coughing

For mild cases of coughing, you can try some home remedies. Providing your pet with a

humid environment can help soothe their throat. However, always consult your

veterinarian before trying any home remedies.

The Importance of Preventive Care

Regular check-ups and vaccinations can help prevent many conditions that cause

coughing. Heartworm prevention and kennel cough vaccination are particularly

important. If you have any questions on how to prevent your animal from getting a cough, we're happy to answer them.


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