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Acute Coughing Snoring and Bark Changes

Acute Coughing in Dogs, Dog Snoring, and Changes in Your Dog's Bark

Acute coughing can be a sign of kennel cough, acute bronchitis, inhalation pneumonia, a foreign object in the airway, or even an infection of the tonsils, larynx, or pharynx.

Kennel cough is contracted from other dogs. It causes inflammation of the voice box. Bronchitis is caused by a bacterial or allergic inflammation to the bronchi in the lungs. And of course any foreign object stuck in the lung will cause acute coughing. If it doesn't dislodge spontaneously, the foreign object may need to be removed by the vet, with forceps.

Kennel cough is extremely contagious so if you suspect your dog has kennel cough, be sure to isolate your dog and get him to your vet as soon as possible. Cough suppressants can be given to your dog to ease the pain. Medications can be administered to treat kennel cough, and also bronchitis.

There are many breed of dogs with elongated soft palates that hang at the back of the throat, especially those dogs with compressed faces, such as Pekingese and Pugs. This soft palate interferes with the larynx and produces a snore. An allergic inflammation in the throat can also be the cause of your dog's snoring problem. Also, snoring is enhanced if the dog has narrow nostrils and larynx.

Although snoring may not seem like a series issue, it is always best to consult your vet for a full checkup. And if you have a dog breed such as the Pekingese or Pug that snores, this could be a sign of potential heart and breathing problems. Your dog may have surgical reduction of the length of the soft palate to reduce or eliminate the snoring issue.

If you notice that the sound of your dog's bark alters in any way, it could be due to damage to the larynx. Also, allergic reactions from bee stings can cause laryngeal swelling. It is also possible that a tumor has developed, particularly in an older dog exhibiting a changed bark.

Your vet may give your dog antihistamines or anti-inflammatories to reduce allergic swelling. If the problem is as severe as a tumors, then your dog will need to undergo surgery to have the tumor removed.

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