Why Is My Dog Coughing?

Common causes and remedies

Just like human beings, dogs cough. It is a part of a normal life, and more often than not, it’s just a silly old cough, which requires no immediate action. It’s only worrisome if the dog has been coughing frequently and can’t stop. In this article, we will cover some of the most important questions to look at while assessing why your dog might be coughing and gagging during a day or at night.

What causes cough in dogs?

Dogs usually cough to get rid of dust, germs and other things they breathe in, however they can start coughing because of possible infections and viruses. The social nature of dogs as animals, naturally put them at risk of viruses, bacteria and other toxic elements easily transferable to them. 

Some of the common reasons include:


Kennel Cough

It’s a common name for a deep, honk-like canine cough. It is a highly contagious sickness, but not serious on its own. It is also likely picked up by being around other sick dogs.

Fungus Infection

Yeast or other fungi can be ingested via dirt or through the air. 


A disease spread by mosquitoes. Read more about dog Heartworms in our article.


Another virus which spreads through air.

Heart Disease

Heart problems that put more pressure on lungs and breathing methods for dogs.

Lung problems

Issues such as bronchitis or pneumonia. 

How to make sure my dog will not be coughing?

In order to prevent dog coughing, even when it happens only during the night, treat them very much like a human. Resting, healthy habits and preventative medication is the way to go. For a full list, continue reading below:

Healthy eating habits: As with any sickness, healthy diet is one of the best preventative measures any pet owner can implement. Consult with your veterinarian what kind of food is the best for your dog based on breed, age or other factors.

Encourage good rest

Hygiene: Especially when your dog has been to the dog park or interacted with other dogs, it’s a great idea to give them a cleansing right after you get home.

Preventative Medication: Heartworm, alongside with other dog related illnesses have a very safe and affordable preventative medication available. You can get more information about the Heartworm desease here.

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My dog has a serious coughing problem. What do I do?

Sometimes it’s a little too late to take preventative measures. Don’t worry, it’s not your fault and this is the natural way of life. If your dog has frequent coughing and you’ve identified why, there are many things you can do. Don’t forget to discuss any health problems of your dog with your veterinarian first. Some of the most common health problems include:

Kennel Cough: Wait for a week. If your dog is eating well and not changing habits, time will fix their kennel cough in most cases. Get more information about Kennel Cough.

Fungal infections: There are prescription medications available on the market.

Heartworms: Treatment of heartworm disease is expensive and difficult for your pet. Read more in our article.

Distemper: There are vaccines available for this health issue.

Heart Disease: Exercise and diet is the best way to go. 

Purpose of this article is to provide information. To ensure the health and well-being of your pet, always consult any question or concerns with your veterinarian.

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