I have a 4-year-old Aussie that is coughing and sounding worse. Her cough is especially noticeable when she is excited. Any suggestions?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Coughing can be a symptom of a variety of problems in dogs. Kennel cough is a contagious illness that causes inflammation to your dog’s voice box and windpipe. While the resulting cough can sound really horrible, kennel cough usually clears up after a couple of weeks and certainly wouldn’t persist for months unless your dog has a more serious underlying infection.
Other bacterial or viral diseases can lead to coughing as well. Sometimes an afflicted dog will stretch out its neck, make a gagging sound and then cough. Bronchitis and pneumonia, which target the lungs, could cause such chronic coughing, as could certain allergies or an obstruction in your dog’s airway.
Your dog should be thoroughly examined by a veterinarian. If your veterinarian rules out infection and obstructions, ask about allergies and possible behavioral issues. It’s interesting, for example, that the coughing happens more when your dog is excited, so it could just be that she needs more socialization to help eliminate all of that excessive barking.