Why Does My Dog Cough? Nurse’s Advice
My dog Cough Medicine got the better of me last week, and I started to worry because it was getting worse. He was coughing up white foam like something was stuck in his throat. The vet at the local animal clinic advised me that it could be a spasm in his throat caused by a viral infection. I didn’t want to take any chances so I asked if I could have him sedated so I wouldn’t have to worry about what his reaction would be to medicine I’d give him.
After giving him some Tylenol (as prescribed) he seemed fine, but then the next day he was extremely lethargic and didn’t want to get out of bed. It turned out to be a virus he picked up in the post office. There was no way I could tell my dog had a cold or a fever because he was always hot. I checked him over at the vet’s office and he was showing signs of the cold like swollen lymph nodes, but he didn’t have a fever and therefore couldn’t be sick.
I called the vet and they diagnosed him as having a mild upper respiratory infection due to bronchitis. Bronchitis can cause a cough medicine to work properly, but since my dog was already fatigued and had nothing wrong with him it didn’t look like the problem was going to be resolved overnight. What I did find out though, is that my dog had a virus that came from the post office. Because this type of cough medicine usually gives your dog the flu or cold like symptoms, I knew right then that I needed to make an appointment with the vet right away.
I took my dog in to the office of the vet that night and explained to them exactly what I was dealing with and they confirmed it. They prescribed antibiotics which helped but my dog continued to cough up white foam like he was having a cold. I immediately went home and started asking questions about his health. The vet found out that my dog had a urinary tract infection, a kidney infection, a bladder infection,and a mite infection all within the past eight weeks. She told me she didn’t know why my dog was coughing up so much but that it was common for dogs with these types of infections.
She gave him some medicine and he was fine for a few days but started to get worse. I asked her to come back the next day to see if there was anything she could do for my dog. She came back with some different medications that cleared up my dog’s problem fairly quick. The antibiotics just couldn’t do the trick again.
I went to the doctor and he explained to me that he had some cold virus in his lungs that was causing the symptoms. He also said he had a kidney stone that was causing the bad breath. They found out that he had high levels of calcium in his blood, which could be a sign of kidney stones. By giving him a course of Vitamin C, he had stopped colds and his breathing was starting to return.
Now my dog is on a different course and has been for two months. He still coughs up though and I have to give him medication every day to help prevent it. I am going to schedule him on a course of Vitamins C and D because the calcium may be the thing that helps. He should start feeling better soon. I will keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn’t get back into the cough routine.
If you have a dog like mine and they are coughing up more than normal mucous then you need to take them in to the vet. There are several causes for coughing including colds, tumors, urinary tract infections, bronchitis and pneumonia. Make sure he doesn’t have the bacteria or virus that can cause these problems. Sometimes simple prevention can help but it’s always best to get him checked out.