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Should I Be Concerned When My Dog Coughs?
Why does a dog cough? A dog does not cough out of habit and it is not normal for a dog to cough for no reason at all. Yes, you should be concerned if your dog coughs persistently for extended period of time.
A cough is an involuntary reflex action to clear the throat of irritant or harmful material. Coughing may not be a serious problen but it can also be indicative of certain significant animal diseases. Many of the diseases and problems associated with coughing in dogs can be managed if they are treated early. As there are many reasons for a dog to cough, so the best thing to do is to consult a veterinarian is the coughing persists over a period of time.
The Reasons Why Dogs Cough
There are many causes of cough in dogs. Here are some reasons why dogs cough:
  • object or irritant stuck in the windpipe
  • irritants in the air or object that the dog sniffed
  • gum disease
  • tooth disease
  • tonsillitis
  • kennel cough
  • heart disease or heart failure
  • lung cancer

Some of these reasons that a dog coughs are life-threatening. So you should consult a veterinarian if your dog coughs. As the reason for your dog's cough may take time to diagnose, you need to be patient while the veterinarian runs the various tests. Your dog may be subjected to X-rays, unltrasound and other diagnostic tests. Remember, it is best to get early treatment when a dog cough while the problem is still at its mildest. So pay attention to the possible underlying reasons if your dog coughs.