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Everything You Need to Know About Canine Cough

Last updated 5 years ago

If your dog is coughing on a regular basis, you should consult with a veterinarian before arranging a stay at a dog boarding kennel or leaving the animal in someone else’s care, as canine cough is contagious and can be spread to other dogs.


Just as with humans, coughing is a reflex action in dogs that happens due to irritation in the airways. Coughing may be a symptom of respiratory infections, an over-tight collar, and an allergy to pollen, grass seeds, fumes or food particles, conditions such as respiratory tract tumours, congestive heart failure or bronchitis. Your vet will be able to determine the cause of your dog’s coughing by the type of cough exhibited and other symptoms present.


Minor coughs may be treated at home using medication prescribed by your veterinarian and by making changes to your dog’s diet and lifestyle. More serious coughs will need to be treated by a professional, particularly if the cough is accompanied by other symptoms such as laboured breathing, discharge or blood. Cough suppressants are only recommended as a short-term measure and are not a treatment for canine cough

You should also make changes to your home and your pet’s surroundings if these may be contributing to their illness, such as improving ventilation or implementing a regular cleaning schedule.

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