Both coughing and sneezing remove irritants from your pet’s nose, throat, windpipe and lungs.
Coughing is a sudden noisy expulsion from the lungs. Some pets gag after coughing. Do not confuse this with vomiting where your pet expels food or acid from its tummy.
On the other hand, sneezing is a sudden expulsion from the inside of the nose.
Too much coughing and sneezing may result to further inflammation, and restlessness in your pet.
Young dogs – Pneumonia from infections (Kennel Cough, Canine Distemper), foreign body
Middle aged – Pneumonia from infections (Kennel Cough, Canine Distemper, Heartworm, blood parasitism), tracheal collapse
Old dogs – heart failure, high blood pressure in the lungs, infections (Kennel Cough, Canine Distemper, Heartworm, blood parasitism), tracheal collapse, degeneration of airway organs
Young to middle aged cats – Pneumonia from infection (FHV or cat flu, FCoV), foreign body
Middle aged to old cats – Pneumonia from infection (FHV or cat flu, FCoV, FIV/FeLV, Chlamydia bacteria), asthma, heart problem, degeneration of airway organs
WHY YOU NEED TO BRING YOUR PET TO THE VET
If the symptom appears for just a day and never reappears, your pet should be fine. It may had been exposed to some chemical irritant. But if the symptom recurs or worsens in the future, your pet needs immediate veterinary assessment and treatment planning.
Different infections require different antibiotics and treatment. Unfortunately, using an antibiotic for an assumed infection does more harm than good. Leave the selection of antibiotic to licensed veterinary professionals.
WHEN YOU CAN’T FIND A VET AT THIS TIME
For pets who sneeze a lot, this over the counter nasal spray can help decongest your pet’s nasal passages. It comes in two preparations. The pump spray is for big pets, while the drop bottle is for small pets. Spray once per nostril, or instill 1-3 drops. Repeat at least thrice daily.
Boil water and transfer to a safe container. Bring pet to a closed and quiet room. Bring the steam near your pet. Allow pet to inhale for at least 15 minutes. Repeat at least thrice daily to help soften and expel mucus in the lungs. Be careful with the hot water.
Honey is a natural antioxidant.
Some swimmers ingest honey before their activity to help open up the airway. A tablespoon of honey twice or thrice daily may help open up the lungs.
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