Apr 15, 2011 7:29 PM by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP Animal Care Clinic

Coughing in Dogs

Coughing can be a frustrating symptom, but it can also be a sign of very serious disease. Kennel cough is a contagious disease that is usually found in young animals who seem otherwise healthy (good appetite and lots of energy).

When I hear "congestion" associated with coughing in dogs, I think about heart disease first. Pneumonia would be another problem to consider. These require chest x-rays for diagnosis.

Many dogs cough due to a weak trachea (windpipe). These are usual small breed dogs and the problem is usually not severe, but surgery is available if necessary.

If your dog is still coughing, I would recommend a very thorough evaluation that might include some lab tests and chest x-rays.

Call us at Animal Care Clinic for more information.


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