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Coughing in Dogs and Cats / Wheezing in Dogs and Cats / Gagging in Dogs and Cats

Coughing

Herbal remedies to help address conditional needs related to coughing, wheezing, gagging and tissue damage in dogs and cats.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout your pet’s body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against all sorts of invaders including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

The immune system is also directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every body system is at risk. 

Coughing in pets is something that occurs infrequently. When your pet does begin coughing, you should pay attention, as it is usually an indication that the respiratory system is irritated or infected. The respiratory system consists of the mouth, nasal passages, throat, voice box (larynx), trachea, bronchi and the smaller airways of the lung. Coughing tends to occur more commonly in dogs than cats but in either case, may be a very serious health condition for your pet. 

Coughing may also be caused by inhaling irritants or as a result of an underlying disease. When a cough persists, it should be treated immediately as it may be an indication of more serious illness. The sound of a cough may indicate its cause.

Some cough "sounds” and possible meaning:

If a cough is moist or wet sounding, it may be due to fluid and mucus build up in the throat, airways or lungs, and may be a sign of lung infection or congestive heart failure.

A honking, brassy cough may also indicate some form of respiratory disease or tracheal trauma from pulling your pet’s collar.

A faint, weak cough may be a symptom of pulmonary edema, which is fluid in the lungs.

Coughs that are deep and wheezy may be an indication of bronchitis or occur after exercise.

A dry cough could be a sign of kennel cough or a dry, scratchy throat.

Common reasons for coughing:

Coughing may occur as a result of several factors. It is often associated with respiratory disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, respiratory infection, kennel cough, lung edema or a damaged or collapsing trachea.

Heart diseases and parasites such as heart worms can also cause your pet to cough.

Foreign materials such as food drink or hairballs may also travel into the airways and cause a coughing episode.

Cats can get hairballs lodged in their throats that they are trying to cough up. This form of coughing can occur if cats are not properly groomed.  

Allergic reactions to particles in the air or environment such as pollen, dust, chemicals or smoke can also provoke a coughing episode.

If your pet is exposed to other animals in a boarding environment like kennels or a shelter, they are more at risk of being infected with a cough, known as Kennel Cough. Kennel Cough is extremely contagious and should be treated by a veterinarian immediately.

Suggestions:

Give your pet fresh, filtered water daily

Feed a premium, holistic diet free of fillers, corn, wheat, soy, chemical additives and questionable protein sources

Avoid vacuuming, sweeping or dusting when your pets are around as air pollutants such as dust, pollen or household cleaners may cause them to cough – take them to pollutant-free area

Keep windows open when cleaning with household cleaners

Bring pets indoors during allergy season

Make sure that your pet eats a healthy well balanced diet to boost his immune system

Stop smoking – not only is it bad for your health but also for your pet’s health

If the air in your house is dry, use a humidifier, vaporizer or steam from a warm shower to clear up the air and reduce your pet’s cough

Keep your cat well groomed to prevent unnecessary hairballs being lodged in its throat.

Boost your pet’s immune system with immune support supplements

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies have been used for millennia as a respiratory tonic for the immune system, to help limit sneezing, wheezing, coughing, gagging and rasping; to help support symptomatic and conditional relief for respiratory problems; to help keep the lungs, chest and throat clear; to help relieve dry, hacking coughs & sneezing; to help repair smooth muscles and clear infection and allergen triggers in the respiratory system and help provide respiratory and immunity protection.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-histamine, antibiotic, immune boosting, anti-fungal, antiseptic, decongestant, antimicrobial  and anti-Candidal, is used holistically to help promote optimal immune response, reduces and works to correct all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by limiting excessive inflammation and histamine and mast response, which directly causes allergies; help reduce respiratory disorders; helps limit inflammatory pathways in the body; helps relieve wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation; helps soothe smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, acid reflux ulcers); may help support symptoms of rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. 

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to allergies, Lyme disease and other auto immune diseases; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune  cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) LIQUID  POWDER  CAPSULES  helps promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi, germs, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions; for holistic use for ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx, throat & nerves; helps provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, nerve & joint pain and pain associated with wounds and injury; may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums; helps support the  body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and; documented anesthetic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-viral, antidysenteric, antifungal, antihemorrhagic, antileukemic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitumorous,  neurasthenic and vulnerary (wound healer); used holistically for all types of Herpes virus, for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella;

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) support the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content; stimulates collagen production which directly affects bone mass, bone strength, cartilage, joints, muscles, connective tissues and blood vessels (important for cases of arthritis); for its critical carotenoid content to help nourish eye and teeth health (important for eye health and eye diseases including macular degeneration plus collagen production may promote strong teeth and dental disease); promotes optimal immune response; promotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat; may help reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats; may work  to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support; may help fight infection in the animal body.

 

Conventional Remedies:

If your pet has been coughing for a few days, you should consult your vet immediately. Your vet will want to know what the cough sounds like, when it began, how long your pet has been cough as well as when it coughs or what might provoke it more.

A thorough physical examination as well as other diagnostic tests may be performed, including chest x-rays (thoracic radiographs), complete blood count (CBC), blood chemistry profile, urinalysis, heartworm test or fecal exam. Additional tests may include a trans-tracheal wash, bronchoscopic exam or fine-needle aspirate.

Treatment generally depends on the cause of the disease. Your vet may prescribe medications such as cough suppressants, antibiotics or steroids to relieve cough symptoms. 

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