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Sneezing and Coughing in Your Dog

Sneezing and Coughing in Your Dog

Naturally, it is very common for all dogs to sneeze on an occasional basis, especially when they first wake up. However, allergic sneezing is typically a nonproductive sneeze that occurs in paroxysms and the infections will often produce puss. If you notice a bloody discharge from a single nostril then that is an indication of a tumor or a foreign object.

If your dog is displaying such symptoms then you should immediately consult your vet in order to obtain a correct diagnosis. While eliminating the cause of allergic sneezing is the best option, allergic sneezing can also be reduced by giving your dog antihistamines. Medications will need to be administered if there is an infection. These infections can be viral, bacterial, or fungal. If there is indeed a tumor, then surgery will be the only option. And in the event that your dog has a foreign object stuck in his nostril, then the object may be able to be dislodged sufficiently by sneezing until the vet can reach the object and remove the it.

If your dog is displaying abnormal breathing symptoms, then do not take it lightly. Distressed or unusual rhythmic breathing can be a life-threating sign of a major problem to your dog's health. Pleural effusions of blood and puss can cause a persistent cough, in addition to breathing troubles. Your dog may also show a complete lack of energy and movement. If there is shallow breathing, then this may be an indication of damage to your dog's ribs.

And be on the watch for rapid breathing, which could be a severe problem due to lung disease, dog heart disease, or kidney disease in your dog.

Consult your veterinarian right away if you detect the above breathing symptoms. Do not waste time in getting your dog medical attention just because you cannot see or feel an injury. Remember, there may be severe internal damage coming from your dog's body. Your vet may have to use pleural effusions which are surgically tapped and drained to reduce pressure on the lungs.

If your dog is showing signs of persistent coughing or gagging, he may have poor heart function, a collapsed windpipe, chronic bronchitis, or some type of worm parasite. Fluid build up in the lungs can cause your dog to gag. In time the cough will get more and more pronounced, especially after exercise.

If you suspect your dog of having any of the above problems then the vest may have to insert an artificial windpipe, administer medications, or at worst, surgery.

Improvement to cardiac function will reduce heart disease related coughing. Improving your dog's heart disease should be a priority.

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