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Coughing

Belleview West Animal Hospital Offers Treatment for Pet Coughing

Sometimes, pets develop a sudden bout with coughing that can be worrisome. Our veterinarian can determine the source of the problem and provide appropriate treatment. At Belleview West Animal Hospital in Littleton, CO, we offer effective treatment for pet coughing problems.

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Common Causes of Coughing in Pets

Coughing may be the result of a bacterial or viral infection of the respiratory tract. Animals may have coughing with lung infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia. Animals who are boarded with other animals may develop a cough because of the transmission of certain diseases. Cats and dogs with heartworm disease may develop a constant cough from the worms that live and reproduce in the heart and lungs. Coughing can also be a symptom of a heart disorder, so our veterinarian can measure your pet's cardiac function. Some breeds of dogs have a condition called tracheal collapse, which can cause frequent coughing. Cats may have allergies that cause coughing.

Diagnosing Coughing Issues

Our veterinarian will do a thorough physical exam to determine your pet's condition and look for signs of respiratory infection. Other blood tests may be ordered to determine if an underlying infection or other condition is contributing to the symptoms. If an obstruction is suspected, our veterinarian can order x-rays or ultrasound to detect any foreign body is stuck in the throat.

Treating Your Pet's Cough

Coughing that results from a simple infection can be treated with medications or injections to eliminate the infection. Cough syrups formulated for animals can help to relieve symptoms in the meantime. Coughing caused by a foreign body in the throat may require a surgical procedure to remove it. Coughing caused by allergies can be improved by limiting exposure to allergens and medication. If the cough is the result of a heart or lung problem, our veterinarian can prescribe medications to improve these organs' function.

Make Belleview West Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian for Pet Care in Littleton

Dr. Barnard and our team at Belleview West Animal Hospital provide the highest quality care for our patients in Littleton, CO, and surrounding communities. Our animal clinic offers various veterinary services, including wellness exams, vaccinations, parasite prevention, diagnostics, surgery, urgent care, and emergency care for dogs and cats. Contact Belleview West Animal Hospital today at 303-797-1090 for an appointment to learn about treatments for common pet coughing issues.