Coughing and Sneezing
Just like humans, your pets can be susceptible to issues dealing with the respiratory tract, such as coughing and sneezing. It can be alarming to see your pet coughing and sneezing suddenly. If this starts happening chronically, it may be important to contact a veterinarian for help. Our veterinarian can help determine why your pet is sneezing and what you can do about it.
At Firestone Animal Hospital in Downey, CA, our veterinarian staff is here to provide veterinary services to get to bottom of your pet's coughing and sneezing. They can provide treatment to help your pet feel better again, as well as answer any concerns you might have about your pet's coughing and sneezing.
What Causes Coughing and Sneezing in my Pet?
There are various causes for coughing and sneezing in your pet that are like those in humans. For instance, a simple irritant caught in the lining of your pet’s nose can lead to a short coughing or sneezing fit.
However, if your pet continues to sneeze and cough, it could indicate a more serious condition. This includes distemper and possibly canine influenza. Both conditions are usually preventable with vaccines. If your pet has not been vaccinated or is a recent stay, these diseases could be causing coughing and sneezing.
Seasonal allergies may also play a big role. Irritants and allergens can cause coughing and sneezing in your pet, which can be accompanied by other symptoms such as runny or watery eyes and symptoms only around a specific allergen.
Finally, asthma may also be a contributing factor, and can affect certain breeds more than others. Problems with the respiratory tract, such as short snouts in pugs, can lead to the development of asthma or other issues that can cause coughing and sneezing.
How Can a Veterinarian Help?
Our veterinarian can help determine which of these conditions is causing your pet's symptoms. He can recommend the best course of treatment, such as providing medication to help alleviate their respiratory infection, or medication to treat their asthma or allergies.
Lifestyle changes, such as getting rid of any allergens at home, can also be an effective, yet simple way to get rid of coughing and sneezing in your pet.
Help Your Pet Feel Better with Our Veterinarian at Firestone Animal Hospital
Don't let your pet's coughing and sneezing continue to bother your pet. Get the help of our trained veterinarian and the rest of our staff at Firestone Animal Hospital in Downey, CA. Call us at (562) 928-1341 to schedule an appointment.