Dog has started to cough

 

Ask A Vet: Louise Rayment-Dyble BVetMed CertZooMed MRCVS 

 

8yr old Labradoodle Has Started To Cough

‪I have an 8-year-old Labradoodle male, last few days he hasn't been himself, moping around and not wanting to do much, since yesterday I've heard him making a coughing sound which sounds similar to croup in babies, hasn't been eating much either the past few days. I was waiting to see if it passed. Matthew

 

Hi Matthew,   A harsh cough can sometimes be due to ‘kennel-cough’, or infectious trachea-bronchitis. However, dogs are not often that unwell with this (despite the awful noise), so as your dog is middle-aged and a bit under the weather I would advise going to see your vet as he may need some antibiotics or anti-inflammatories if it is an infection.

They could also help rule out other more serious respiratory conditions or heart problems which, though less likely, may also cause a cough. In the meantime, I would keep him away from other dogs just in case it is an infection to prevent him from spreading it to others.

Best wishes

Louise Rayment-Dyble BVetMed CertZooMed MRCVS 

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