Are you curious about why your puppy is coughing and gaging?
Foreign substances escaping to the respiratory or digestive system can trigger cough in puppies. Such coughs are shorter coughs. Especially after drinking water eating,it can occur. Vomiting can often be accompanied by coughing. There may be gaging before and after coughing and gaging may occur several times before coughing.
Why is my puppy coughing?
You should not worry about a cough in a healthy puppy. However, if, like us, the cough of puppies becomes a constant problem, this can be a precursor of serious illnesses. Knowing some of the common causes of puppy coughs can help you determine when you need to be alarmed.
Common causes of puppy cuoghs can be listed as below:
- Infection-Related Coughs
- Heart Disease-Related Coughs
- Trachea Depression Coughs
- Coughs Associated With Laryngeal Paralysis
- Coughs Due to Reverse Sneezing
- Chronic Bronchitis Related Coughs
- Coughs Due to Foreign Substances
Diagnosing the Cause of Cough
The first step in treating a puppy’s cough is to find the underlying cause. Your veterinarian will start the process by asking questions about your puppy’s health story, movements, preventive care, onset and development of symptoms. He will then perform a complete physical examination with your dog. Sometimes the diagnoses made at this stage may not be definite, and some diagnostic tests are often required to make a definitive diagnosis.
Depending on your puppy’s specific situation, the following test combinations may be required:
• Blood analysis
• Complete blood count
• Serology analysis for various infectious diseases
• A B type natriuretic peptide blood test for heart disease
• Urine test
• Fecal analysis
• Lung x-ray
• Echocardiography (heart ultrasound)
• Blood pressure measurement
• Electrocardiogram (ECG)
• Analysis of fluid samples taken from the respiratory tract
When Does Cough Get Serious?
If your puppy coughs a little bit lately and seems to be feeling well, it may take a few days for the situation to pass on itself. However, if the cough is severe, if it gets worse and lasts more than a week, you should contact the veterinarian. Also, if your puppy is fatigued, has a difficulty in breathing, does not want to eat, or shows other potentially serious symptoms, call your veterinarian immediately.
Why is my puppy gaging?
Gaging has many localised reasons. Although inner ear and brain problems are rare, they can cause gaging, but the most common gastrointestinal problems that cause gaging. Puppies also react with gaging as a result of eating their food too quickly and fill their small stomachs quickly. Most of us do not distinguish normal gaging and worry. Normal gaging, i.e., acute gaging, can recover spontaneously without treatment, you can remove food and water from the front of the puppy for a few hours and rest the stomach. Puppy owners should know when gaging is life-threatening and when they need to contact an emergency vet.
The followings can also trigger gag and are vital;
• Kidney failure
• Liver failure
• Foreign substance swallowing
• Gastric dilatation
• Viral infections (Parvo Virus, Distemper and similar viral diseases)
Many things can also trigger gaging in puppies. Car retention, eating different foods and gastrointestinal parasites can normally trigger gaging.
So, It is important that,
If your puppy gags more than one in one hour and is sluggish, we strongly recommend that you should take it to an emergency vet.