We’ve all been there, where we forget what we were doing to focus on the sneeze which is on its way out! Coughing and sneezing are very natural mechanisms to get the irritant out of our respiratory system. In fact, our dear pets too face the coughing sneezing dilemma! The occasional cough in an otherwise healthy dog is usually nothing serious. But just like us, when a dog’s coughing becomes a constant or recurrent problem it can be a sign of serious illness.
But what exactly happens during coughing? What is happening? Why is my pet coughing? If you have such questions, read more below about Coughing:
WHAT IS COUGHING?
A cough, also medically termed as ‘tussis’, is a voluntary or involuntary act that clears the throat and respiratory or the breathing passage of foreign agents such as microbes, pollutants, irritants, fluids, and mucus.
It is a rapid expulsion of air from the lungs, as a reflex action or deliberate action.
WHY IS MY PET COUGHING?
There are many reasons for the coughing mechanism
Let’s classify them for the sake of easy understanding broadly into –
Extra- Respiratory Causes and
Let’s begin by discovering the extrarespiratory causes
EXTRA RESPIRATORY CAUSES OF COUGH
Extra Respiratory essentially means the causes lie apart from the respiratory system. That is, the cause of coughing is not the lungs but something apart from the respiratory system is causing coughing.
Coughing is the main standard method of clearing the throat and trachea. What exactly happens is whenever your pet’s airways become clogged with mucus or foreign particles such as smoke or dust, the body tries to remove it out as quickly as possible through coughing. It is a reflex reaction that attempts to clear the particles from the tract to make breathing easier.
Usually, this type of coughing is relatively infrequent, however, coughing might continue to increase if the exposure to irritants such as smoke/dust is not removed at the earliest.
It could be noticed that pets, whose owners are chronic cigarette smokers, can also end up coughing.
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