Cough In Dogs

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Autumn is coming slowly and a large number of dog owners find themselves hearing their pets coughing and vomiting. The cough becomes so intense that lasts all night, around the clock and it is called an infectious cough.

Infectious cough is often referred to as canine cough or canine croup. It is a highly contagious infection of the upper respiratory tract, which usually occurs at the beginning of the fall or spring. When it comes to the kennels, it occurs sporadically throughout the year.

The most striking symptom is a bad cough, which often accompanies attempts of dog to expel phlegm from the throat, which can look as if the dog wants to throw up. The owners describe it as if they have something stuck in the throat. This infection is caused by bacteria and viruses, on which the clinical picture and duration of disease depend.

The infectious cough, as the name implies, is transferred from the affected dog to a healthy one, and it can also occur when using someone else’s bowls for food and water.


The time from infection to onset of symptoms is three to ten days. The disease can take two forms, lighter and heavier.

Lighter is more common caused by one cause, and the main symptom is cough and accumulation of sticky mucus in the throat. In this case, the dog will have normal appetite, staying cheerful and playful.

This milder form of infection passes without treatment and cough lasts from one to two weeks. However, puppies, older dogs and dogs that otherwise have health problems needs to seek help from veterinarian.

Heavier form of canine cough usually gets provoked by a combination of viral and / or bacterial infections of the upper respiratory tract. In this state, the dog usually express apathy, there is a high temperature, and mucus from the nose and eyes. Without treatment, this condition can very easily turn into pneumonia.


Veterinarians advise that, regardless of the severity of symptoms manifested by the dog, the diagnosis and assessment of the possible treatment should be left to the professionals. No matter if the disease has gentle stream, improper inference can easily overlook symptoms of canine infection that can be fatal to the animal if the treatment does not start in time.

It is necessary to isolate dog that is sick from others. To reduce the pressure on the trachea during the walk, replace the collar with Liam and give your dog supplements, vitamins and mineral preparations.


Prevention against infectious cough means avoiding places where there is a growing number of dogs, as well as contact with animals that shows symptoms of coughing. In addition, it is very important that you follow annual vaccination with polyvalent vaccines against infectious diseases which contains component Para Influenza. It is significant because it will reduce the risk of dog diagnosed with more severe forms.