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COUGHING IN DOGS AND CATS

“Our Commitment To Your Pet Lies In The Quality Of Our Care”

It is not easy to diagnose coughing in pets. We diagnose coughing using a combination of clinical assessments, imaging technologies, laboratory analysis and the likes. Some of the causes of coughing in dogs are:-

  1. Acute pharyngitis/laryngitis
    1. Hacking cough followed by gagging and swallowing of phlegm.
    2. Hoarse voice.Reddened pharynx and tonsils.
    3. No systemic signs

  2. Tracheitis
    1. History of being in contact with a group of dogs.
    2. Dry, hacking cough.
    3. No systemic signs

  3. Aspiration pneumonia
    1. History of general anaesthesia, regurgitation, vomiting or megaesophagus.
    2. Deep, moist cough.
    3. Worsening dyspnea.
    4. Fever

  4. Chronic infectious tracheobronchitis
    1. History of exposure to a group of dogs.
    2. Deep, dry, persistent cough.
    3. No systemic signs

  5. Tracheal collapse
    1. Toy breed.Obese.
    2. “Goose-honk” cough.Dyspnea.
    3. May palpate collapsing trachea and thoracic inlet

  6. Allergic bronchitis/PIE
    1. Deep cough, dry or productive.
    2. Mild to severe dyspnea.
    3. Crackles and wheezes on auscultation.
    4. No systemic signs

  7. Heartworm disease
    1. Weight loss.
    2. Persistent coughing.
    3. Mild to severe dyspnea.
    4. Exercise intolerance

  8. Chronic deep mycotic infections, Histoplasmosis, Blastomycosis
    1. Weight loss.
    2. Persistent coughing.
    3. Fever.
    4. Mild to severe dyspnea.
    5. Multi system involvement

  9. Left-sided heart failure
    1. Old, small breed dogs.
    2. Cough most prominent and night.
    3. Dyspnea and exercise intolerance

Some of the causes of coughing in cats are:-

  1. Acute viral rhinotracheitis
    1. Exposure to a group of cats.
    2. Sneezing and red, watery eyes.
    3. Oral ulcers

  2. Chronic feline asthma
    1. Deep, productive, paroxysmal cough with neck extended.
    2. Severe dyspnea and cyanosis

  3. Lungworms
    1. Deep, productive, paroxysmal cough with neck extended.
    2. Dyspnea.
    3. Fever.

  4. Heartworms
    1. Outside cat from endemic area.
    2. Listless, decreased appetite.
    3. Sporadic vomiting.
    4. Occasional cough

As you can appreciate the problems are many and will need to be identified. It is therefore recommended that your pet is seen by us at the earliest, to prevent the problem progressing and causing other complications. Early recognition and treatment means that your pet will recover sooner, and will therefore be far more comfortable. It is not only significantly more difficult to treat a pet in an advanced stage of the disease, as well as far more expensive, but one also has to take into account the significant pain and stress your pet is under by not being treated at the earliest.

We sincerely recommend that you please call us on 1300-838-738 (1300-VET-PET) to schedule an appointment at the earliest. We do not believe in berating our clients for presenting the pets late, as we believe that this is counter productive. It is not our intention to cause you any embarrassment, offence or anxiety. Our approach is now that you have presented your pet to us, how do we go forward from here, not only keeping your pet’s welfare at heart, but also working with your wishes and limiting factors. We do approach all cases presented to us with a level of sensitivity. As pet health care professionals we will present our assessment and treatment in a professional manner and factually as possible.

You may not be aware that in older pets multiple problems often arise as aging affects all body systems. As pets age they become increasingly vulnerable to diseases. The three leading causes of non accidental death in pets are cancer, kidney disease and heart disease. Older animals seldom suffer from a single disease. One problem may markedly influence the course of another. Ageing is characterised by progressive and irreversible change. Pets are likely to start having diseases associated with ageing between 7 and 13 years. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than large dogs. The quality and length of life of older pets can be improved through regular health checks (every 6 months). A thorough clinical examination will help define some of these problems.

Because we do care for the welfare and interest of your pet, we do go out of way to ensure that your pet can access medical or surgical attention in time of its need. It would also interest you to know that:-

  1. We do pride ourselves in the quality of our services.
  2. We do provide a 24 hour on call service.
  3. We also offer payment plans through a third party, provided you meet the criteria as set out by the financing institute.
  4. If you cannot bring your pet to us, we will come to you as we do have a fully equipped pet ambulance.
  5. We also do house calls.
  6. Your pet will receive a very high level of care given the level of diagnostic and monitoring equipment that we have on hand.
  7. We do welcome you to take a personal tour of our facility.
  8. We also provide pet grooming services
  9. We also provide puppy classes. Puppies are trained not only indoors, but also outdoors, being exposed to outdoor noises and traffic in a controlled environment. The puppy training classes are run by Ms Julie Pocknee.
  10. We do care for our wildlife, and work very closely with wildlife carers providing veterinary care where needed.
  11. We take an active part in community services and proudly support Service Dog Training, by way of providing veterinary services to working dogs of individuals with disabilities. Please see www.servicedogtraining.com.au

If you have not used our services before, we do suggest that you try our services and see the differences for yourself. From our analysis we find that over 30% of all new patients are referred to us by existing clients, and a further 25% of all new patients are brought in by existing clients. Our clients travel from as far as Camberwell, Clayton, Fitzroy, Ringwood, Chelsea, St Kilda, Port Melbourne, Pakenham, to name but a few. From the level of service we provide, you would come to understand that we are not your average Veterinary Services provider. We do recommend that you bookmark our web address www.petcarevet.com.au

Our staff are very friendly and courteous. We are very easily accessible. We are located at 234 Power Road, Endeavour Hills, at the intersection of Power Road and Heatherton Road, Endeavour Hills, just off the Monash Freeway. Please note that parking is at the rear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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