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My dog is coughing and hacking

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My dog keeps coughing and hacking like he has something stuck in his throat.

It started 2 days ago, and he threw up twice the first day, but not since.

And it usual only happens when he's up moving around.

Any ideas?

Hi there, I'd like to help.


The most common cause of coughing in an otherwise healthy dog is Infectious Tracheobronchitis otherwise known as Kennel Cough. This infection doesn't have to be contracted at a kennels though - your dog may have picked it up from other dogs in the park, or it can just be caught by airborne particles. Typically this infection presents as a hacking 'seal bark' type cough.

JACUSTOMER-akzc72lq- :

How long will it last and how should i treat it?

 

aegoodall :

Luckily most cases of kennel cough resolve by themselves within 2 weeks. The infection can be caused by a number of different viruses and occasionally bacteria. Since most cases are viral, antibiotics don't help, and so there is no definitive treatment to cure it.

Benadryl is fine to give to ease the cough

JACUSTOMER-akzc72lq- :

so i just let him cough it out til he gets rid of it

aegoodall :

As long as he remains bright and still eating/drinking etc, then yes, i'm afraid it is a waiting game. Also, be sure to keep him away from other dogs a it is very infectious.

What breed is your dog?

JACUSTOMER-akzc72lq- :

I'm not sure? I've been told he looks like a mix between a boxer and boston terrier or pit

aegoodall :

That's fine - just checking he isn't a breed prone to tracheal collapse like yorkies.

JACUSTOMER-akzc72lq- :

ok. so, as long as he is still playful, he is ok?

aegoodall :

Yes, its almost certainly kennel cough if he seems well apart from the cough.

JACUSTOMER-akzc72lq- :

ok. thank you m'am

aegoodall :

No problem, glad to be a help. I hope he's better soon!

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