Symptoms of Dog Coughing

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015

Symptoms of Dog Coughing

Everyone knows what a cough is. However, coughs can come in a number of different forms based upon the underlying cause of the condition. Actually, a cough is itself a clinical sign rather than a disease or disease process.

Coughs can be characterized in several ways, including as follows:

  • Moist and productive
  • Dry and nonproductive
  • Soft and infrequent
  • Harsh, hacking and prolonged
  • Purposeful (cough is beneficial in expelling mucus, pus or inhaled foreign material)
  • Warning (cough reflects some underlying condition, such as heart failure, lung hemorrhage or ingestion of a toxic substance)
  • Nocturnal (at night)
  • Diurnal (during the day)
  • Exercise-induced
  • Bloody sputum

Dogs that have a cough can also vomit, regurgitate, retch, sneeze or collapse, although those reflexes are triggered by different things. Reverse sneezing is commonly mistaken by owners as a cough. The “terminal retch” that happens at the end of a bout of coughing is sometimes misinterpreted as vomiting, although they are different physiological processes.

Dogs at Increased Risk

Dogs of any breed or mixed breed and of either gender can develop coughs. Coughing from several causes, including heart disease, tends to be diagnosed more often in middle-aged and older dogs.

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