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Coughing, Wheezing and Chest Colds in dogs and catsCoughing, wheezing and chest colds in dogs and cats.

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 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.

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 “sounds” of cough and what they might mean:

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.

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 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.

Cats frequently have 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.

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.

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Other suggestions:

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. 

Keep windows open when cleaning with household cleaners.

Bring pets indoors during allergy season.

Make sure that your pet eats a holistic diet, free of corn, wheat, soy and chemical additives and fillers to boost immunity. 

Don't smoke around your pet, and if you do, do not smoke in the house. 

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 and balance your pet’s immune system with 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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