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19 July 2011

Coughing pets

Coughing is very common during the winter months and can be due to many factors.

Coughing usually isn't too serious, but it can also be a sign of a bigger problem with your pet's health.

So, if your pet does develop a cough it may well not be due to a simple respiratory tract infection. It could be the sign of more serious problems so you should seek veterinary advice as soon as possible.

  • Foreign material entering the airways (food, drink).
  • Inflammation - infections (eg kennel cough in dogs), smoke, chronic bronchitis.
  • Compression of airways - heart disease, cancer.
  • Collapse of airways - tracheal collapse in toy breeds of dog, laryngeal paralysis in older large dogs (eg retrievers).
  • Excess mucus secretion.
  • Trauma causing haemorrhage.
  • Other causes of lung haemorrhage e.g. warfarin poisoning.
  • Causes of fluid on the lung - eg acute cardiac failure.

 
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