Differences between coughing and choking dogs

To determine if your dog is choking or coughing is essential for their well-being, and can potentially save your life. If you do not know the causes, signs and symptoms associated with cough and shortness of breath in dogs, it can be challenging to differentiate and this is essential to give your pet the treatment and care properly .

Physical signs of choking and coughing in dogs

If your dog is drowning, you may notice asking for help when turning or spinning in circles while gagging, nausea and coughing forcefully and kick his own mouth. It may be difficult or even impossible to breathe and may even lose consciousness. If you see your pet goodbye slime bubbling or snoring sounds a kind of goose, you may be coughing. Depending on what is causing the cough, it may also have trouble breathing, coughing up blood, or have nasal and ocular discharge.coughing and choking dogs

Causes of breathlessness and cough in dogs

Like humans, dogs can choke if there is a foreign object stuck in his throat, like a small ball or a splinter. Cough in dogs can be caused by various conditions, such as respiratory infections, chronic bronchitis, heart failure and collapse of the trachea. Inhalation of irritants such as cigarette smoke and toxic fumes from cleaning products can also make you cough your pet.

Treatment for choking dogs

If your dog is choking, concentrate on removing the object blocking the airway and stabilize his breathing, manually removing the visible object, pushing up the outside of your dog’s throat or performing the Heimlich maneuver. Once you remove the item, you may need to perform a cardiopulmonary resuscitation to stabilize their breathing. Take him to the vet to prescribe the treatment or proper venue to delete the object, or you perform a tracheotomy so he can breathe while surgically removing the obstruction.

Treatment for cough in dogs

If your dog’s cough is caused by irritants such as cigarette smoke, perfumes or vapors of cleaning, remove them from the environment. A humidifier can add moisture to the air and help treat a dry cough. If your dog’s cough persists or if you have eye and runny nose and spitting blood, take him to the vet to prescribe medications for cough, antibiotics, bronchodilators, mild sedatives and dietary changes as appropriate.


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My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time. Author and Contribturor at SeniorTailWaggers, A Love of Rottweilers, DogsCatsPets and TheDogsBone