Caring For An Old Labradoodle
The first thing to do when your dog coughs or wheezes is to check if it’s due to a cold or something else. If it isn’t, then you’ll need to figure out what might be causing the problem.
If your dog is showing signs of having a cold, then you’ll want to take him to see a vet immediately. A cold can cause coughing fits and wheezing, which could potentially lead to pneumonia. You don’t want this happening!
Another reason why you may have your dog show these symptoms is because he has been exposed to germs from other dogs or people in the past. When a dog gets sick, it’s usually due to one of two things:
It’s caused by bacteria such as strep throat or some type of virus. These are common causes of illness in dogs, but they’re not contagious between dogs. They must come into contact with each other through direct contact (for example, sneezing on someone) or indirect contact (for example, droplets coming off someone’s nose). Germs can only enter the body via direct or indirect exposure.
It’s caused by allergies. Even though dogs can’t get allergies the way humans do, they can get similar symptoms if something in the environment is irritating their bodies. This can be any number of things, including food, dust, or pollen in the air. When these things get into your dog’s body and irritate it, an allergic reaction occurs.
The reaction causes the body to produce a type of antibody called Immunoglobin E (IgE). The IgE gets into the blood and releases histamine, which causes inflammation.
Sometimes it’s a combination of the two. Most of the time, though, it’s just one or the other. If your dog is showing signs of having a cold, then he needs a vet’s care. The same is true if he’s itching, sneezing, and coughing without any other apparent reason.
Dogs can get allergic to things other than their food, so if you recently changed your dog’s kibble and he started itching a lot more and coughing, then it’s possible that he’s developed an allergy to something in the new food (or something in the old food that his body has build up a resistance to).
What you want to do is keep a close eye on him and take him to the vet if his condition doesn’t improve in a day or two. It’s important to make sure that he gets lots of rest in between coughing fits and to keep him away from other dogs (especially vaccinated ones) while he has an infection so that he doesn’t get any secondary infections.
If your dog has a heavy, wet cough without any other symptoms, it’s probably nothing to worry about.
Sources & references used in this article:
- Multidisciplinary approach to chronic wound care: our 2-year Newfoundland and Labrador experience (T Brown-Maher – Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and …, 2009 – journals.sagepub.com)
- Health care restructuring and privatization from women’s perspective in Newfoundland and Labrador (I Botting – 2000 – femmesreformesante.ca)
- The Labrador Handbook: The definitive guide to training and caring for your Labrador (P Mattinson – 2015 – books.google.com)