Coughing Dogs

As with humans dog can experience coughing. Occasional coughing is nothing to be worried about but if your pet coughs non stop and has other symptoms you need to be aware that something is not right.

Things to pay attention to:

  • When did they start coughing
  • Do they have any other symptoms
  • Is your dog allergic to anything
  • Is your dog up to date on vaccines
  • What does the cough sound like

Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is a very contagious upper respiratory infection. Kennel cough is another way to say that your dog has a cold. This cough sounds like a harsh, dry, hacking cough. Other symptoms include: watery nasal discharge, sneezing, lethargy, loss of appetite. Thankfully this can be easily prevented by a vaccine called bordatella.


Allergies is a way to say that your pet is reacting to something their body can’t handle. This cough sounds more like a sneezing or wheezing sounding cough. Allergies are very common in dogs. Some things dogs can react to are: food, pollen, plants, and fertilizers. Other symptoms of allergies are: irritated skin, diarrhea, vomiting, swelling in any areas of the body (ears, eyes, mouth). Talk to your vet to see what kind of medication your Australian Labradoodle needsSleepy Dog

Gagging Cough

Chocking is a very serious issue and could lead to death. If your dog is chocking you will hear a deep gagging sound. Other symptoms are: shortness of breath, difficulties breathing at all, and fatigue. If you think your dog is choking on something call your vet immediately. The object in the throat could be blocking the airway.

Chronic Coughing

Bronchitis is a virus that is very uncommon in dogs but in rare cases it is possible. Other symptoms are: coughing non-stop, having lethargic symptoms, fever, rapid breathing, anorexia. If you are seeing any of these things, call your vet immediately. To help your Australian Labradoodle with recovery you can do these things: create a safe and secure environment, have a quiet area for your dog to rest, and keep them in an irritant free environment (such as cigarette smoke).

Cheryl Sabens

Ashford Manor Labradoodles

Australian Labradoodle Breeder in Indiana