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Chest Cough

Chest Cough / Coughing

Herbal remedies to help suppress coughing and wheezing and reduce gagging in cats or dogs.

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 balanced, 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, but it tends to occur more commonly in dogs than cats. When your pet does begin coughing, it is usually an indication that the respiratory system is irritated or infected. The respiratory system consists of the mouth, muzzle, nasal passages, throat, voice box (larynx), trachea, bronchi and the smaller airways of the lung. 

Coughing may occur as a result of respiratory disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, respiratory infection, kennel cough, lung edema or a collapsing trachea. Heart diseases and parasites such as heartworms 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.

Coughing can also be caused by inhaling irritants, a signal that the immune system is taxes 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 also indicate its cause.

Sounds of cough and what they mean:

A moist or wet sound may be related 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 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 a dry, scratchy throat or could be kennel cough.

Cats can have hairballs lodge in their throats that they are trying to cough up. Coughing can occur if your cat is not groomed properly or if your cat is suffering from digestive upset and unable to break down the hairballs. Allergic reactions can be related to particles in the air or environment such as pollen, dust, chemicals or smoke. If your pet is exposed to other animals in a boarding environment like kennels, daycare or a shelter, they are at greater risk of being infected with a cough, known as Kennel Cough. Kennel Cough is extremely contagious and should be treated by a veterinarian immediately.

Herbal Remedies: 

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

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine response, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), 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 help to normalize the release of histamine from mast cells, reducing the adverse effects of allergies, used for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts (often related to poor diet and excessive medication), promotes cellular health and reduces catabolic waste, and maintains health in organs, connective tissue and cells.

Soothed & Serene   (learn more) is used to relax and calm all bodily systems, to soothe animals exhibiting all types of  destructive behavior due to anxiety, fear, grief, separation, pain, illness, allergies, aggression, socialization issues, electrical and thunder storms due to its calming, mildly sedative and nervine effects that can bridge nutritional deficiencies and relieve irregularity in bodily systems, restore emotional balance, promote comfort, relaxation, balanced mood and feelings of security; and as a stroke preventative.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content, promotes optimal immune responsepromotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat, reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

Other suggestions:

Avoid vacuuming, sweeping or dusting when your pets are around as environmental air pollutants such as dust, pollen or household cleaners (detergent, dryer sheets) may cause them to cough – take them to pollutant-free area
Use natural, organic cleaners and keep windows open when cleaning with household cleaners
Bring pets indoors during allergy season and use natural supplements to help treat allergies
Make sure that your pet eats a healthy well balanced diet to boost immunity
Don't smoke around your pet as it's responsible for allergies 
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 the throat
Boost your pet’s immune system with natural, immune support supplements

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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