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Should I Be Concerned if My New Adopted Dog is Coughing More Than Usual?


Dear VetBabble: My Newly Adopted Pet Dog is Coughing More Than Usual, Should I Be Worried?

Question: I recently brought home a 2-3 year old Chihuahua from a shelter. Before the adoption, I was told he was given penicillin for a “slight cough.” However, post-adoption, his cough seems to have increased. Should I be concerned?

Possible Causes and Solutions for Your Dog’s Increased Coughing: Unraveling the Mystery

Firstly, let me reassure you that your concerns are not out of place – increased coughing in dogs can indeed be a symptom of various underlying health issues. It pays to be proactive in maintaining your pet’s health. Coughing in dogs can be a sign of diverse conditions, including infectious diseases such as the common Kennel Cough (Bordetella), heartworm disease, or even indicators of underlying respiratory conditions. With this in mind, your dog’s increased coughing post-adoption could be due to such health concerns, and it’s imperative to have them examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Essential Next Steps to Ensure Your Dog’s Health

The shelter you adopted your dog from should be there for you at this crucial point. Most shelters offer a health guarantee and should help cover the veterinary bills. Reach out to them for assistance. However, time is of the essence here, ensure that your dog gets professional help immediately. This is because early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve the prognosis for coughing in dogs. If heartworms are to blame, then time-based heartworm treatment becomes even more vital.

Preventive Measures for Keeping Your New Family Member Healthy

While caring for a pet presents its challenges, it also provides an enriching, loving experience. Prevention is key in maintaining the health of pets. Regular vet visits, vaccinations, and preventive healthcare can save you from a lot of worries down the line. As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Visit your local vet for a basic preventive health check-up for your dog. Routine check-ups can diagnose and treat health issues before they turn severe, helping your furry friend lead a longer, healthier life. Remember, adopting a pet is not just an act of kindness, it’s taking on a new family member. And as family, it’s our job to ensure they feel loved and cared for in every possible way. I’m confident you are perfectly suited for that role! It always warms my heart to hear about pet adoptions, and I’m thrilled for you and your new canine companion. Please don’t hesitate to seek professional veterinary help for your dog’s cough. It’s the first and most crucial step to ensuring a happy, healthy life for your new friend. If you have any more questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask. We’re here to make this journey as smooth and joyful as possible for both you and your furry family member.

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