Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.


Q. Dry coughing like symptoms. Not like coughing a hair ball. Dog started first notice now my elderly cat is doing it.

Answered By
DEBI MATLACK

A. The chances of the same virus affecting both cat and dog are rare. It may be an airborne irritant, such as dust, mold, or exposure to a new cleaner or other chemical product in their environment, or they could have separate complaints. The dog may have an upper respiratory infection, allergies (though allergies in pets most often affect their skin rather than their breathing), it may be related to straining on a leash, kennel cough, there are a number of possibilities. The cat could also have a URI, though the chances of it being the same virus affecting both animals is small. The cat could also have feline asthma, heart disease, hairballs, just to name a few. I recommend getting both of them checked especially if the symptoms do not resolve or get worse.

Answered By
DR. JEFFREY M. EVANS, DVM

A. Id set up a consultation to discuss some environmental or exposure things that could predispose the symptoms you are describing. For example, bronchitis and asthma commonly effects animals if there are smokers in the house, fungal diseases in an older house or a house that has been through a flood, or infections bacterial or viral conditions like if they have been exposed to other animals. Separately, heart conditions can also cause coughing.


DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

CAN'T FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR?

Ask an expert about your unique situation now FOR FREE!

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.