Quick Answer: What Cough Medicine Can I Give My Dog?

Why does my dogs cough get worse at night?

Animals with heart failure, collapsing trachea and lung edema cough more at night than during the day.

Cough caused by tracheal irritation or tracheal collapse often occurs when the pet is excited or is tugging on its collar.

Cough caused by heart disease may follow exercise or excitement..

Why do dogs cough with congestive heart failure?

The most common clinical sign of congestive heart failure (CHF) is persistent coughing accompanied by difficulty breathing. This is due mainly to pulmonary edema or the accumulation of fluid in the lungs. The enlarged heart will also push against the trachea, causing irritation that can induce a cough.

Why does my dog keep coughing and gagging?

A common cause for consistent canine coughing is kennel cough (AKA: tracheobronchitis.) Highly contagious and quite unfortunate to experience, kennel cough consists of inflammation of the trachea and bronchial tubes. Dogs will undergo frequent coughing and gagging fits that can be difficult and disturbing to observe.

Is there an over the counter cough medicine for dogs?

Dextromethorphan can be appropriate to treat coughing in dogs, but it is only when used following your veterinarian’s instructions. Just because this medication is available over the counter does not make it safe to give as you wish. It should be given to an animal only under the guidance of a licensed veterinarian.

How did my dog get kennel cough at home?

It’s caused by being exposed to a very common bacteria, Bordetella bronchispetica, or an equally common parainfluenza virus. It can occur in both adult dogs and puppies.

Does my dog have a collapsed trachea?

What are the clinical signs? The most common clinical sign is a persistent, dry, harsh cough. It is sometimes described as a ‘goose honk’ cough. The cough may worsen at night, with excitement, with pressure on the trachea – such as from a collar, during hot or humid weather, or immediately after eating or drinking.

Can I give my dog cough medicine for kennel cough?

If your dog is coughing up a storm, you may consider giving him a cough suppressant such as Robitussin. This medicine is only intended to be used for a short time period and should only be given under a veterinarian’s approval.

Can I give my dog Robitussin for kennel cough?

–Dextromethorphan (Robitussin DM with dextromethorphan at 10-15 mg/5ml and Guafenisin at 100mg/5ml), for cough. Roughly, 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds for dogs. Note: This is for Robitussin without Codeine. A cough can be indicative of a serious condition, so always call your veterinarian first.

Can kennel cough kill a dog?

If left untreated, kennel cough can lead to pneumonia or even death. And even if it’s not kennel cough, symptoms like vomiting, fever, and loss of appetite are other doggy disease signifiers so getting him to a doctor as quickly as possible can help get to the root of his sickness.

What is the home remedy for cough?

You can create your own remedy at home by mixing up to 2 teaspoons of honey with herbal tea or warm water and lemon. The honey does the soothing, while the lemon juice can help with congestion. You can also simply eat the honey by the spoonful or spread it on bread for a snack. Shop for honey.

When should I take my coughing dog to the vet?

In addition to coughing, dogs may run a fever, have red eyes, be quite lethargic, and have diarrhea and/or loss of appetite. If your dog is coughing and also has thick mucus coming from his eyes and nose, see your vet immediately.

Can I give my dog Nyquil?

Even over the counter drugs like Nyquil and Midol contain ingredients that are very toxic to dogs and cats. In a case of accidental medication ingestion —like your Labrador decided your bottle of Tylenol looked delicious and you come home to the pieces— timing can make all the difference.

Why does my dog sound like he’s coughing up a hairball?

If your dog is hacking away or constantly making noises that make it sound like they are choking on something, they may have a case of kennel cough, or canine infectious tracheobronchitis.

What human cough medicine can I give my dog?

For dry, non-productive coughing in dogs, Robitussin DM (Dextromethorphan)–(2mg/mL), can be given. Read all ingredients thoroughly on the package, as some formulations may not contain Dextromethorphan or may contain additional ingredients (ex. Acetaminophen), which should never be given to your pet.

Can I give my dog Benadryl for coughing?

Benadryl is a relatively safe and effective medication for dogs when used according to the instructions of a veterinarian. As with any new medication, always observe your dog closely after administration to make sure your dog does not suffer any adverse reactions.

Is Honey safe for dogs?

Honey is safe for dogs to eat in small quantities. It contains natural sugars and small amounts of vitamins and minerals, and is used as a sweetener in many foods and beverages.

What does it look like when a dog coughs?

The most obvious symptom of kennel cough is a forceful, hacking cough, which will often sound like your dog has something stuck in their throat. The cough can be dry and hoarse or productive, in which case it can be followed by a gag, swallowing motion or the production of mucus.

Is Robitussin toxic to dogs?

While dextromethorphan is sometimes used in veterinary practice (to treat repetitive behavior in dogs), it can be toxic if accidentally ingested by your pet.

What is the best over the counter anti inflammatory for dogs?

There are some of the available NSAIDs just for dogs: carprofen (Novox or Rimadyl) deracoxib (Deramaxx) firocoxib (Previcox)

Is kennel cough an emergency?

It is highly contagious but not normally life-threatening so, in most cases, emergency treatment is not required. But it can, occasionally, progress to something more serious so be sure to keep a close eye on your dog.