Coughing & Sneezing

Skilled Care for Coughing & Sneezing in Pets

When you think about someone in your household having a problem with coughing or sneezing, do you include your pet among that group? Animals can display the same respiratory symptoms as humans, though not always for the same reasons. If your pet seems to have come down with something, it's time to visit Katy Area Veterinary Center. We can isolate the cause and administer effective care for pet coughing & sneezing.

Skilled Care for Coughing & Sneezing in Pets

What's Behind Your Pet's Respiratory Symptoms?

Pets can suffer from colds and other minor respiratory afflictions just as humans can. Infections of the upper respiratory system often occur in environments where pets are kept close to other animals, such as daycare or boarding centers. Bordetella bronchiseptica, is both extremely common and extremely infectious. Canine influenza, another easily-spread disease, is a serious threat to dogs.

Coughing or sneezing can also be related to allergic reactions. Common allergens that can bother the respiratory system include smoke, car exhaust, dust, mold, ragweed, pollen, household cleaners, and perfume. Even a food allergy can cause respiratory symptoms. Allergies may cause a runny nose, watery eyes, and/or skin problems, as well as coughing and sneezing.

Some causes of coughing can indicate a serious underlying health problem. Heartworm is a notable example. Pets whose lungs and hearts are infested with this parasitic worm may have a chronic cough alongside breathing issues, fatigue, and other signs of distress. Congestive heart failure may also cause persistent coughing. These are life-threatening ailments that require the earliest possible care.

Expert Diagnosis and Treatment from Our Katy Veterinarian

Each Katy veterinarian on our three-vet team can get to the bottom of that mysterious coughing or sneezing problem your pet has.  Lab tests can help us identify viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic causes of respiratory symptoms. We can also test your pet for specific allergens to see if he is sensitive to something in the air or in his food. Internal exams can reveal the presence of a serious heart or lung condition.

Whatever the cause of your pet's troubles, you can count on our team to provide top-quality treatment. We can prescribe medications and dietary changes to ease allergy symptoms, provide medication, or other supportive care to wipe out illness, and administer treatment for internal health challenges as needed.

Get the Help Your Pet Needs at Katy Area Veterinary Group

If you can't stand the thought of your pet laboring under the burden of a respiratory ailment, you know what to do. Call Kay Area Veterinary Group at (281) 398-1551 to get the help your pet needs!