During the pandemic, we are all more concerned about the colder months and an increase in not only COVID-19 but colds and flus. Is the same true for pets?
First, the development of COVID-19 in pets is exceedingly rare. However, as a reminder, if you are sick and diagnosed with COVID-19, it is recommended you isolate from your pet as well. It is also recommended, your pet’s interaction outside the home is limited as per human recommendations. Short walks for your pet to urinate and defecate are OK.
Can I Prevent It?
Making sure your pet is updated on vaccinations can help reduce their chance of becoming sick. Specifically, vaccines against Bordetella and canine influenza are especially important in protecting your dog from potentially harmful viruses.
If your dog often goes to a groomer or a public park, keeping them updated on shots can significantly increase their chances of fighting off infectious causes for cough.
When to Seek a Vet Near Chicago
If you hear a cough here or there from your furry friend without explanation, this could be cause for concern. It’s normal for your pet to sneeze or cough on a daily basis, but it becomes cause for concern if it sounds like your pet is choking or cannot catch his or her breath.
Times when coughing to sneezing should cause concern:
- Coughing that is uncontrollable or repetitive
- Coughing that is followed by lethargy
- Coughing accompanied with a lack of appetite
- Coughing coupled with nasal discharge (especially if it appears light yellow or green)
What About Reverse Sneezes?
Reverse sneezes occur when a small tickle in your pet’s throat, causing them to sneeze by inhaling instead of exhaling. This results in a sound that resembles a mix of a snort and a gasp. There is likely no reason to be alarmed with reverse sneezing but you should follow-up with your veterinarian to make sure.
Please see our helpful video about reverse sneezing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpEakUsbjiU&feature=emb_title
Steps to Take
First, if your pet is coughing, please contact your veterinarian. Until you get their expert advice, it could be contagious, so keeping your pet away from other animals is advised.
If you have additional questions about your pet coughing, our team is happy to help! Feel free to give us a call today.