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Coughing & Sneezing

Dogs and cats can catch colds and other respiratory infections, just like people can. Pet owners should be aware of several viruses that can cause serious health problems in their furry friends. This blog post will discuss some of the most common respiratory infections in pets we treat at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton, GA.

Coughing & Sneezing

Common Respiratory Conditions that Cause Pets to Cough & Sneeze

Pet coughing and sneezing occur for various reasons, but it is most often due to a respiratory infection. The following are some of the most common respiratory infections causing pet sneezing and coughing:

Bordetella Bronchiseptica (Kennel Cough)

It is a highly contagious bacterial infection that affects the respiratory system of dogs and cats. It is most commonly spread through contact with other infected animals or exposure to contaminated objects such as bowls, toys, or bedding. Symptoms of Bordetella include a hacking cough, sneezing, and discharge from the nose and eyes. It can lead to pneumonia and other serious health problems in severe cases.

Canine Parainfluenza

This highly contagious virus is often spread through contact with other infected dogs or exposure to contaminated objects. It is the most common cause of “kennel cough” in dogs. Symptoms of canine parainfluenza include a harsh, dry pet sneezing and a runny nose.

Feline Herpesvirus-1

This virus primarily affects cats and is the most common cause of “cat flu.” Symptoms of feline herpesvirus-1 include a runny nose, sneezing, fever, and eye discharge. In some cases, it can lead to pneumonia and other serious health problems.

Feline Calicivirus

Feline calicivirus virus primarily affects cats and is often spread through contact with other infected cats or exposure to contaminated objects. Symptoms of feline calicivirus include a runny nose, sneezing, fever, and ulcers in the mouth.

Mycoplasma Felis

This bacterial infection primarily affects cats and is one of the most common causes of “cat flu.” It is often spread through contact with other infected cats. Symptoms of mycoplasma felis include a runny nose, sneezing, fever, and eye discharge.

Visit Our Veterinarian to Get Your Pet Checked Out

Pet coughing or sneezing is a sign that you need to call us at (770) 383-1182 for an appointment with our veterinarian as soon as possible. At Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton, GA, we can help diagnose the cause of your pet’s coughing or sneezing and provide the appropriate treatment.

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