Coughing dogs

Diagnostics for coughs

Depending on the type and severity of the cough, different examinations will be carried out by the vet to determine the cause and treat it. The size and breed of the dog can also play a role in further diagnosis, as dogs of small breeds often suffer from tracheal collapse. First of all, a precise report from the animal owner is important for the first assessment by the veterinarian (anamnesis). Important points are, for example:

  • How long has the cough existed?
  • How often and how hard does the dog cough?
  • Is it a dry cough or a wet cough?
  • When does the cough mainly occur (at night, during the day, when excited, when eating)?
  • Does the dog have any other complaints and how is the general condition?
  • Do you have any previous illnesses such as heart disease?

After that, the veterinarian will conduct a thorough clinical examination. The reason for the cough can often be found here. For example, enlarged cervical lymph nodes, increased body temperature or even a fever, red throat, and swollen tonsils can be seen, which could indicate an infection. In some cases, further diagnostics such as x-rays of the lungs or chest are necessary, paying particular attention to changes in the lungs, heart or windpipe. A blood test, endoscopy, or even an MRI or CT scan may also be needed.