Your assessment results for:

Coughing or Wheezing

Urgency level: Medium priority

Contact your family veterinary practice in 1-2 days if not resolved, or if the situation gets worse

What to do next

Contact your regular veterinary clinic if the situation persists or worsens

  • Contact your family veterinary hospital if the problem gets worse or if your dog develops any of the following:
    • Coughing that persists for more than a week
    • Lethargy and exercise intolerance
    • Fever (temperature > 103°F or 39.4°C)
    • Inappetance (not eating)


Why it’s medium priority

Dogs usually clear mild coughs on their own

  • Just like in humans, dogs will occasionally cough. Based on the symptoms you’ve selected, your dog’s coughing does not seem to be serious. It could be as simple as your dog having an irritant in their throat that they’re clearing.
  • However, coughing that persists for more than a week or worsens is a cause of concern, so careful monitoring is required.


Home care tips

Avoid restraints that tighten around their neck

  • Avoid using restraints that tighten around the neck (ex. collar). A harness is preferable.
  • Learn more about coughing or wheezing in dogs


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