Contact your regular veterinary hospital ASAP to make arrangements
- If your regular veterinary hospital is open, contact them now. If they are closed, it is probably safe to wait until morning.
- During your call, be sure to tell them what else is going on in addition to the coughing (especially if your dog’s gums are an abnormal color). In this case, it is the other symptoms you’ve selected that makes this a high priority situation (coughing is secondary to our main concern)
- Monitor your dog closely for any new symptoms or changes in behavior. If the dog begins to have difficulty breathing, or becomes very lethargic or non responsive, contact an emergency veterinary hospital right away.
- Some types of cough are highly contagious to other dogs. Keep your dog away from other dogs. On a similar note, tell the veterinary hospital that your dog is coughing, as they may give you special instructions to minimize the risk of spread.