Coughing & Sneezing

Why Is My Pet Coughing & Sneezing?  

Nobody likes to see their pets in pain. Since pets can't explain how they feel, any unusual behavior can be distressing for pet parents. For example, if your pet is coughing and sneezing, you probably want to know why so that you can help your pet. Thankfully, the veterinarian team at PetVax has you covered. We have locations in Memphis, Cordova, and Bartlett, and we're ready to provide the best care for your furry family member. Let's take a look at some of the common causes of coughing & sneezing in pets. 



Tennessee is full of allergens. You may have experienced seasonal allergy symptoms yourself. Just like their humans, dogs & cats can experience seasonal allergies. Also like humans, some pets experience worse allergies than others. Some may only sneeze every once in a while. Others can become completely miserable. Did the sneezing & coughing start around the same time as a seasonal change? Then allergies are probably the culprit. 


Pets have their own versions of the common cold. They can't catch it from humans, but dogs & cats do get upper respiratory infections. These infections usually go away on their own after several days or so. If your pet does have an infection, you may notice other symptoms like nasal stuffiness and inflammation.


If your pet catches a whiff of smoke, perfume, or some other foreign substance, then they're likely to cough or sneeze. This type of irritation is bound to happen every once in a while, and it's usually nothing to worry about. However, consistent exposure to irritants can make your pet sick and miserable. As much as possible, minimize your pet's exposure to airborne irritants. Some irritants are internal. For example, if your pet has developed a throat polyp, they might cough as a response to that irritation. 

See One of Our Veterinarians in Memphis, Cordova, or Bartlett

No matter the cause of your pet's coughing & sneezing, a skilled vet can help your pet feel better. At PetVax, for example, we can determine the cause of your pet's respiratory issues, come up with a treatment plan if needed, and help your pet get some relief. Contact us today to get more information. You can find us in Memphis, Cordova, and Bartlett. We're ready to help your four-legged family member feel better.

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