Pet Coughing & Sneezing

Your pet may develop unexplained coughing and sneezing that could indicate a respiratory infection or other problem. Our veterinarian can help determine the cause of the problem and provide effective treatments to relieve these symptoms. At St. Francis Hospital for Animals in Oakdale NY, we do testing and treatment to eliminate common coughing and sneezing issues. 


Causes of Sneezing

Constant sneezing can occur in both dogs and cats. Potential underlying causes include respiratory infection or an allergic reaction to a foreign body in the nasal passages. Tumors in the nasal passage can also occur. Our veterinarian vet will take the animal's temperature to determine if an infection is present and will look inside the nasal passages to see if any foreign object is visible. If something is detected, it will be removed if possible. Anesthesia may be necessary for deeper positions. If allergy is suspected testing will be conducted to determine the allergen so you can avoid it.

Causes of Coughing

Pets may develop coughs as a result of respiratory infection, a lung infection such as pneumonia, or objects stuck in the throat or esophagus. In some cases, the cause may be tumors in the respiratory system. Heartworm infection can also cause a persistent cough. Our veterinarian will examine your pet’s heart and lungs carefully. Testing will be conducted to rule out potential causes. Once the cause of your pet’s coughing is properly diagnosed, our veterinarian will provide remedies such as antibiotics to control coughing. 

When Pet Coughing & Sneezing Occurs Together

When coughing and sneezing occur in tandem, it usually means the animal has an infection that is affecting the entire respiratory system. Based on the results of a pet exam, our veterinarian will determine whether a broad-spectrum antibiotic or one that targets specific pathogens will be more effective. An antibiotic injection may be administered to provide an immediate boost combined with oral antibiotics given for a few days. 

Make St. Francis Hospital for Animals Your Veterinarian in Oakdale

If your pet is coughing or sneezing excessively, the veterinary professionals at St. Francis Hospital for Animals are ready to assist you. We offer many veterinary services for pets, including puppy and kitten care, preventative care, diagnostics, surgery, dental care, and microchipping. For more information on effective treatment for pet coughing and sneezing or to schedule a pet exam with our veterinarian, call us today at (631) 567-1359.


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