If your cat or dog is continuously coughing and sneezing, it may be time to start worrying about his condition. The first step in obtaining help is contacting City Vets to make an appointment with our veterinarian. Below are some of the most common reasons why pets suffer from sneezing and coughing, how to help them if they are having this problem, and what our veterinarian can do for your pets if their symptoms don't go away on their own.
Reasons Why Pets Cough and Sneeze
There are many reasons why pets cough or sneeze:
- They may be suffering from a common cold. Look for additional symptoms such as eye discharge and a lack of appetite.
- Pets that are coughing and sneezing may be experiencing these symptoms because they are having an allergic reaction to a chemical, food, or something in his environment.
- Coughing could be an indicator that a pet has heartworm. For this reason, it is imperative to seek treatment if coughing does not subside after a few days.
- Coughing could also be caused by hair buildup in the throat. It could also be a sign that a pet is choking.
How to Alleviate Discomfort from Coughing and Sneezing
If your pet is coughing or sneezing, provide him with a comfortable place where you can evaluate his actions without distraction. Give your pet water to drink. This could help push an obstructed object, such as fur or food, to the digestive tract. If your pet is sneezing, check that there is nothing blocking his nostrils. It is best to seek veterinary care if your pet coughs or sneezes regularly.
What Our Veterinarian Can Do to Help
When you bring your cat or dog to see our veterinarian, your pet will first be provided with a full examination to check on his overall health. If there is a medical condition found, our practitioner will make recommendations regarding treatment for you to consider. Our vet will then focus on your pet's mouth and throat to look for signs of an obstruction. If none is found, we may run tests to see if your pet has an allergy you were unaware of. If your pet is dealing with a cold, our veterinarian will provide you with steps to follow to keep your pet comfortable as he heals. Medication may also be prescribed.
Contact City Vets to make an appointment for your cat or dog if it is coughing or sneezing. Call our office today at (412) 483-1700 to find out more about the services we provide.