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Diagnosing Persistent Cough in Dogs

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Always run any persistent cough past your vet. “We give a complete physical exam, get complete history of when and how the cough developed, and use diagnostic tools like X-rays, blood tests, and ultrasound to help us get to the bottom...

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Side Effects from Medications

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Certain types of medicines vets prescribe to their canine patients are accompanied by the side effect of coughing. One commonly prescribed class of medications that can make dogs cough are angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors....

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Inhaling Toxic Gases Associated with House Fires

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One of the most common and deadliest gases resulting from house fires is carbon monoxide, which binds to hemoglobin molecules (the stuff that makes blood turn red) and leads to a decrease in blood oxygen levels, Balakrishnan explains. Another...

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Lung Lobe Torsion

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A dog’s lung can rotate and twist, a condition called lung lobe torsion. “The lung turns over on itself, blocking the airway,” Meeks explains. In addition to coughing, lung lobe torsion can result in symptoms like coughing...

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Lungworm

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Lungworms are parasites that cause infection in the pulmonary artery and right heart ventricle in dogs, Balakrishnan says. They then move out into the airways of a dog’s lungs. “Clinical signs may vary from coughing or exercise...

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Inhaled Blade of Grass

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It’s hard to imagine a single blade of grass causing respiratory problems, but this is precisely what Meeks, who is board certified in veterinary internal medicine, encounters on occasion. When using an endoscope to check a dog’s...

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Obesity

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You probably know that a pudgy dog is at added risk of developing a number of health issues like arthritis, and congestive heart failure. Another good reason to put your best friend on a diet is that the extra weight is tied to coughing,...

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Inhaling Indoor Irritants

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Any number of airborne irritants lurking in your home can cause your dog to cough, DeClementi says. Some of these include dust mites, fireplace ash, dandruff, litter tray dust, second-hand smoke, mold, aerosolized products like household...

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Ingesting Rat Poison

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A class of rat poisons called anticoagulants work by preventing blood from clotting, which results in bleeding. Our dogs are not immune to the danger. “Ingesting anticoagulants can cause a dog to bleed into her chest cavity, which...

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8 Surprising Causes of Dog Coughing

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By Paula Fitzsimmons Your dog has started to make hacking, honking, and whooping sounds, and you’re naturally concerned. That cough may be nothing more than a reaction to inhaling an environmental irritant. “Coughing is...

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8 Surprising Causes of Dog Coughing

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Your dog's cough may be nothing more than a reaction to inhaling an environmental irritant, but there are other less common culprits. If your vet can’t find the root of your dog's coughing, here are eight surprising causes to consider.

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New Research Reveals Evolution of Dog Breeds

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On days when my patients go straight from Shih Tzu to Newfoundland to Whippet, I marvel that all of these dog breeds are the same species. Not only do they look different, but they also have different medical and behavioral needs. Of course,...

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Cat Saved from Antifreeze Poisoning with Vodka

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Cheers to this: Veterinarians from theRSPCA Animal Emergency Hospital at Wacol in Australia saved a cat's life by giving him...vodka. According to the RSPCA's Facebook page, the cat was rushed to their facility on July 17 after...

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5 Rabies Prevention Tips for Dogs

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By Hanie Elfenbein, DVM Rabies is a scary viral disease that is transmitted through a bite or scratch—saliva or blood from an infected animal must pass into your dog’s bloodstream. Rabies can also be passed to dogs if...

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5 Things That Stress Out Your Cat

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By Paula Fitzsimmons Sounds and smells we may enjoy or don’t think twice about can make our feline family members miserable. Cats have a heightened sense of smell and hearing that serves their wild counterparts well. But our...

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Golden Retriever Gives Birth to Extremely Rare 'Green' Puppy

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A pet parent got the surprise of a lifetime when her Golden Retrievergave birth to a litter of nine puppies, one of which had a green tint to his fur. According to the U.K.outlet The Sun,Louise Sutherland of Scotlandwas shocked when her...

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How to Desensitize Your Pet to the Vet

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By Carol McCarthy If there is one experience that all pet parents have witnessed or been party to, it is that of a frightened animal having a hard time coping at a veterinary office. The cause of a pet’s anxiety at the...

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How to Tell If Dogs Are Feline Friendly

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“Dogs and cats, living together...mass hysteria!” (Dr. Peter Venkman, Ghostbusters, 1984). This quote always comes to mind when I see pictures of dogs and cats happily co-existing, snuggled up together, grooming each other, and living...

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How to Protect Your Pet from Common Causes of Sudden Death

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By Dorri Olds Losing a pet is an extremely painful experience for pet parents, but it can be even more difficult to cope with when the death is unexpected. Fortunately, owners can prevent some of the causes of sudden death in pets. Your...

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Low-Protein Dog Food: Is It Right For Your Pet?

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By Kate Hughes Like any member of the family, your dog needs to eat a balanced and healthy diet to live a long, full life. Many experts consider protein to be the most essential macro-nutrient in you canine companion's dinner. However,...

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Do Cats Burp?

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By Kate Hughes Burping after eating or drinking is a fairly common occurrence in humans. Our penchant for socializing during meals and consuming carbonated beverages only exacerbates this issue. If you’re chatting it up while...

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American Shelter Dog Initiative Gives Pet Adoption a New Name

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What's in a name? Well, when it comes to certain dog breeds, a whole heck of a lot. Certain dogbreeds and/ormixessuch as Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, Doberman Pinschers, and Rottweilers get a bad rap based on outdated stereotypes...

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Why Your Cat Can’t Go Without Food

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By Mindy Cohan, VMD Because cats have an innate ability to hide illness, an underlying disease might be quite advanced by the time a pet parent notices a problem. An important red flag is a change in appetite. There are many reasons for...

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What to Do About a Dog That Bullies Other Dogs

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By Victoria Schade No one wants to hang around a canine bully. These inappropriate dogs are pushy, annoying, and tone-deaf about dog-speak, and instead of following the rules of polite social interactions, they make their own rules. It’s...

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Q. Can I give tri heart plus and comfortis at the same time?

A. Yes you sure can. In fact it is recommended use both a heartworm and intestinal worm...

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