Coughing & Sneezing

Coughing & Sneezing

Pet owners never want to see their pets in distress. If your dog or cat has ever experienced a bout of coughing and sneezing, then you understand just how distressing it can seem. At MountainView Veterinarian Hospital serving Rockway, NJ, we love getting the opportunity to educate our clients on how to deal with these types of pet issues.


Let’s Learn about Coughing & Sneezing

Animals are not immune to respiratory issues. Just as humans can get respiratory infections, which will result in coughing and sneezing, so can animals. Although it’s pretty easy to understand that coughing and sneezing is a respiratory issue, your veterinarian will seek to find out exactly what type of respiratory issue is affecting your pet. Diagnosing the cause of the distress is key to being able to treat it properly.


Cats and dogs, and even other types of animals, will sneeze usually for only one of two reasons. One of those reasons could be that the mucous membranes of the nasal cavity are irritated or inflamed. This is basically the same reason why humans sneeze. Another more serious issue would be that  a foreign object or some type of material has found its way into their nasal passage. These types of irritants can become trapped in the passage causing inflammation and even infection.

In order to determine which of these two issues are presenting, your animal should be seen by a veterinarian if the sneezing does not clear up on its own in a few days.


Coughing can be a much broader issue than sneezing. There are many reasons why your pet may be coughing. Coughing can be a reaction to something as innocent as drinking to fast. This is similar to a human getting choked up on their drink. Animals can also cough if they are choking. If your pet is choking you should be able to see and hear obvious signs of distress.

However, it is important to note that animals can be struggling with something lodged in their throat for several minutes and even hours. If you are noticing that your pet is continuously coughing or gagging, you should seek medical attention.

If your pet is not gagging or choking, but rather experiencing ongoing coughing which does not seem to resolve itself, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Persistent coughing can signal problems with the heart and lungs as well.

Some breeds of cats and dogs are anatomically susceptible to respiratory problems. You should discuss this with your vet if you have such a dog or cat. Understanding the risks for these breeds is very important in preventative care.

If you would like to learn more about how to properly care for your fur babies, please contact our friendly staff at MountainView Veterinarian Hospital, serving Rockway NJ. Our number is (973) 709-8958.

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