What to do if your dog keeps coughing?

  • Kelly,
  • March 12, 2022,
  • 7973

If your dog is coughing, you need to call your veterinarian. Many of the causes of dog cough are treatable, but all require medical attention. The sooner you get your dog in to see your veterinarian, the sooner your dog can be on his way to feeling better.

What to do if your dog is sneezing and coughing?

In cases of allergic sneezing, antihistamines like Chlorpheniramine or Benadryl may also help lessen severity of symptoms. In pets with severe nasal symptoms, steam vaporization, nebulization, or taking the pet into a hot shower area may help open up the nasal passages and clear nasal discharge and exudate.

How long do dogs keep kennel cough?

Caring for a dog with kennel cough Keep your dog away from others - remember your dog will be very contagious whilst they are poorly and can continue to spread kennel cough for 2-3 weeks after their symptoms have cleared. During this time, keep them away from other dogs and public spaces.

What to do if your dog keeps gagging?

If your dog is gagging more and more often or the gagging is accompanied by a cough, nasal discharge, difficulty breathing, lethargy, clawing at the mouth, fever or excessive panting/drooling, you need to see your veterinarian immediately as your dog could be in extreme distress.

What to do if your dog is trying to cough something up?

There could be several reasons why your dog is coughing. He could very well have something stuck in his throat or is trying to vomit something up and can't and will need medical intervention. If the symptoms continue, he needs to be seen by a vet as soon as possible.

Why does my dog keep coughing?

One of the most common reasons for a dog cough is a disease of the heart valves or heart muscle; this prevents a dog's heart from pumping blood efficiently. Coughing results when parts of the heart enlarge and compress the major airways in the lungs, or when fluid backs up into the lungs.

What to do for a coughing dog?

Dogs should be encouraged to rest, drink, and eat. Cough suppressants can help with especially severe symptoms. Antibiotics are effective only against bacteria. Viral infections generally have to run their course.

Do dogs cough constantly with kennel cough?

Most affected dogs will develop a persistent hacking cough that can sound like something is stuck in their throat or like the “honk” of a goose. Signs of kennel cough can develop from as early as a few days to two weeks after being exposed and can last for one to three weeks.

How to get your dog to stop coughing?

Mild cases may only require rest and hydration. To combat inflammation in more severe cases, your vet may prescribe antibiotics and/or codeine-based cough suppressants for relief.

What can I give my dog who keeps coughing?

Your veterinarian may prescribe cough suppressants to make your dog more comfortable. Depending on the cause of your dog's cough, the vet may also recommend antibiotics and other medications or treatments.

What to do when your dog keeps throwing up?

If your dog vomits more than once in a day, without a break, or for more than 24 hours, you should see a vet. A dog throwing up mucus occasionally may not be a cause for concern. However, if your dog is throwing up mucus frequently, you should take them to the vet.

What to do if your dog keeps licking his balls?

If your dog licks his testicles, and the testicles look normal, no problem. However if the testicles are red and raw, you do need to investigate the cause and stop the cycle. A veterinarian's examination may be helpful in determining if the scrotum and testicles are normal or not.

What to do if your dog keeps wanting to go outside?

Have your dog see your veterinarian, especially if he's asking to go out and urinates frequently or has bouts of diarrhea. Also, see your vet if your dog now always asks to go out when before he was happy spending time with you in the home.


Hi, I'm Kelly. I've been a dog trainer for 12 years, working at all levels of competition, from basic obedience to competition obedience, and in a variety of venues. I've also been an instructor at the National Dog Trainer's Association (NDTA) and have given seminars on basic dog training to several local pet store chains. My articles have appeared in a variety of magazines including Pets Magazine, Action Dog and Puppy Love.

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