Coughing and Sneezing in Pets
You may notice that your pet coughs or sneezes, just like humans. Often, these actions are normal and not cause for concern. However, in cases of persistent coughing and sneezing, your pet could be suffering from health issues. It is important to determine the cause of these behaviors so your pet can be treated. At Pershing Animal Hospital in Hyde Park, IL, our veterinarian will perform a pet exam to diagnose your animal and determine why it is coughing and sneezing. We will provide the proper treatment to get your pet healthy.
Coughing and Sneezing Symptoms
There are several signs that come with coughing and sneezing that can indicate that your pet is sick. These include:
- A loud, forceful cough
- Runny nose
- Eye discharge
- Decreased appetite
- Lower energy levels
- Excessive sneezing
If you notice any of these signs, bring your pet to our veterinarian.
Causes of Coughing and Sneezing
These symptoms can come from a variety of factors, some more harmful than others. For example, pets often sneeze when they are playing or get excited. This is normal and not cause for concern. Coughing and sneezing can also come from allergies. Things like dust, pollen, mold, and flea bites can lead to pet allergies. If your pet is scratching a lot, licking its paws, or has a runny nose, it is likely suffering from allergies. Our veterinarian can treat your pet and guide you on how to avoid allergens.
Sneezing can also be caused by foreign materials in the nose. If your pet was exposed to an irritant, it will sneeze to try and remove it. Things like grass, food, and foxtail plants can easily get stuck in your pet’s nose. If an object is lodged deep in your pet’s nose, it can cause damage and result in a critical health emergency. Contact our vet if your pet will not stop sneezing.
Sometimes, coughing and sneezing are signs of more serious health problems in your pet. One common illness in dogs is canine influenza, or dog flu. This condition is contagious and dangerous for your pet. If you notice persistent symptoms, along with behavioral changes, bring your pet to our veterinarian as soon as possible.
Another common illness is kennel cough. This causes your dog to have a loud cough, almost like a honking noise. While the condition is contagious, it is treatable. Talk to our veterinarian if you think your pet has kennel cough.
Visit Our Veterinarian in Hyde Park, IL for a Pet Exam
If your pet is consistently coughing or sneezing, we can help. At Pershing Animal Hospital in Hyde Park, IL, our veterinarian will perform a pet exam to determine if your pet’s symptoms indicate a health issue. We will treat your pet and answer any questions you have. Call us today to schedule an appointment.