Have you heard your dog coughing more often than usual lately? Depending on what type of cough you’re hearing, it could be caused by a variety of different things.
So, how do you know whether your dog’s coughing is a serious issue? Our team at Germantown Vet is here to help you recognize the type of coughing that you’re hearing from your pup and what it could mean for their health.
How to Identify Different Dog Coughs
It’s easy to confuse your dog’s coughs with sneezes—the two can sound quite similar! If you notice your dog coughing or sneezing regularly, keep track of how often he or she is doing so, so that you can share the information with our team at Germantown Vet if it becomes an issue.
Identifying what your dog’s cough means will depend on the details of the cough! Look for details like:
- Whether it’s a dry or wet cough
- When the cough started and how often it happens
- Whether your dog is coughing up blood or mucus
- Whether it happens after your dog’s mealtimes
- Anything else that might be happening in conjunction with the cough, like vomiting, fainting, or runny eyes/nose
Listing out these details for us will help us figure out what your dog’s cough may mean for their health.
What Your Dog’s Cough Could Mean
The easiest way to figure out what could be the cause of your dog’s coughing is to schedule an appointment with our team here at Germantown Vet.
There are a variety of different types of coughs you could hear from your dog, and a range of things that could cause them.
This cough would be a dry, hacking cough, often followed by gagging. If your dog has recently been to the dog park, the groomer, or (as the name implies) a kennel, then your pup was probably around another sick dog who gave him or her this contagious cough. Talk to the team at Germantown Vet if your dog stops eating or isn’t acting normally, but otherwise, this cough should go away in a week or two. Keep your pup away from other dogs while he or she has this cough, though! You don’t want to continue to spread it around the neighborhood.
Other Causes of Coughing in Dogs
If your dog doesn’t have the dry, hacking cough outlined above, then chances are, they aren’t suffering from Kennel cough. That means they’re probably suffering from one of the other causes listed below.
- Heart Disease – Cardiovascular issues can put pressure on your pup’s lungs, which can cause a heavy cough, particularly when your dog is trying to sleep.
- Pneumonia – If your dog is a “gurgling” sounding cough, that usually means there is fluid in his or her lungs. This is a sign that points to pneumonia. Treating this early is crucial, since pneumonia can become life-threatening in dogs if left untreated!
- Heartworm – This parasite (often caused by mosquitos) can cause a consistent cough or breathing difficulty in your dog. Prevent it with regular heartworm treatment at Germantown Vet.
Depending on the other symptoms that are accompanying your dog’s cough, he or she could be experiencing an alternate health issue that isn’t listed here. To ensure the safety of your pup, contact our team at Germantown Vet as soon as you notice an issue to diagnose the problem and find a treatment option that will resolve it.
Schedule an Appointment to Treat Your Dog’s Cough Today!
When you start noticing your dog coughing more often, don’t wait! Contact us to schedule an appointment for a diagnosis and treatment plan in the Germantown, MD area.
Germantown Veterinary Clinic was the first veterinary clinic that opened its doors in Germantown back in 1983, and today, we’re proud to be the largest, best equipped, and most well-staffed animal hospital in Montgomery County. When you visit our state-of-the-art facility, your dog will receive exemplary care from our esteemed team of veterinarians and technicians.
Contact us online or by phone at 240-252-7467 to schedule your dog’s appointment!