Your dog is your best friend. They’ve been with you through thick and thin, whether you’ve had them since childhood or they’re a new addition to your family. Dogs provide companionship, love, and affection that balance out our busy lives and make them better. They’ll always be there for you no matter what, so your top priority is keeping them in the best health possible. This love of your pet also means it can be a little scary when you start to notice your furry friend has begun to cough. Dogs don’t get sick quite like we do, so it’s important that once you start to notice coughing, you contact a trusted veterinarian to set up an appointment right away.
Coughing in dogs can sound different depending on the problem. It’s important you pay attention to the type and frequency of coughing so you can provide your trusted vet with the right information. The type and frequency can tell you a lot about what type of problems your pet may be facing, which can vary in severity.
This problem is usually identified by a deep barking cough followed by gagging sounds. Kennel cough is highly contagious and unfortunately common in high-volume pet facilities such as groomers, the dog park, doggy daycare, or if your dog was recently adopted the center where you got them from. It can take some time for your dog to improve, but as long as their appetite is still good, they should make a relatively quick recovery. It is still recommended to see your vet for younger dogs or if the issue persists and needs antibiotics.
Dogs inhale all sorts of things wherever they get go, as smelling is their greatest way to explore their world. Yeast or fungus can irritate and set up an infection in the lungs that can cause a wheezing cough. A vet visit is recommended to prescribe treatment or medications to help rid of this issue.
If your home or apartment has issues with rats, it is your job to ensure rat poison and other harmful chemicals aren’t in places where your pet can access. Still, they can nose their way in places we may not even be able to imagine they could. If your dog has accidentally ingested rat poison or any poisonous substance, you will notice a hacking cough and likely foaming at the mouth. It is imperative at that time to call poison control and your vet immediately for emergency care.
Obesity in dogs can have very damaging effects on their organs, including their lungs. Their breathing quality will suffer due to the pressure of the weight on their internal organs. Coughing can be caused by this, as they won’t be getting as much oxygen into their lungs.
This is a disease spread by mosquitoes, and it is important to keep your dog on regular heartworm medication. If you’re noticing that they are hacking a lot and gagging, they are likely already suffering from heartworms and will need immediate treatment.
Both of these viral infections are prevented by the same vaccine. They tend to be rampant in doggy daycares or kennels, as they spread fast and are hard to get rid of. They can affect the dog’s respiratory system as well as the nervous system and gastrointestinal tracts. It is important to seek medical treatment quickly, as this can stunt your young dog’s growth and viciously attacks the system.
Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency is there for you and your furry family member. We service all pets in Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth and the communities around Ventura County. You never have to worry about being too far from a vet you trust.
Your pet’s well-being is important to you, so it is important to us. We have been voted the #1 Animal Hospital in our area for 19 years. We want all of our patients to get the best care at an affordable price. We offer a multitude of services and have 3 doctors on staff to meet your pet’s needs. So if your dog is suffering with a persistent cough, don’t wait. Call us to make an appointment today and we’ll get your furry friend on the mend.