why does my dog cough after she drinks water

When your dog coughs after drinking water, it may not mean
anything that is of concern, but it may also indicate he has a serious
condition that will need treatment. The most common reason a dog coughs
after drinking water is that he has developed either tracheal collapse
or Kennel Cough. Both of these conditions will need proper treatment
and care, so knowing the signs and symptoms will help you determine if
your dog has developed a collapsed trachea or Kennel Cough. A collapsed trachea occurs when the cartilage of the trachea
weakens, causing the trachea to lose proper support. A collapsed
trachea is most likely to occur in smaller dog breeds, although it can
develop in any breed. Common symptoms of a collapsed trachea include:
If the condition is severe enough, the dog may have a blue tongue and gums that occurs with restricted breathing.


Most dogs that suffer from a collapsed trachea live restricted lives, and are unable to engage in normal physical activities. The restriction of air flow can put stress on the lungs and heart over time, causing heart or lung problems. There is also the risk of obesity in a dog who has a collapsed trachea because he will not be able to exercise and remain active while suffering from the condition. Depending on how advanced the condition is, treatments such as medication, cough suppressants, diet and restriction of activity can be used to treat a collapsed trachea. A dog suffering from tracheal collapse should no longer wear collars, only harnesses. In severe cases of tracheal collapse, surgery is required.


Kennel cough is an illness presented in dogs that is characterized by an inflamed upper respiratory system. The condition is highly contagious and may be caused by viral or bacterial infections. Common symptoms of Kennel cough include: Symptoms of the condition most often occur weeks or months after being exposed to the infection. If a dog develops severe kennel cough, pneumonia can follow quickly, which can lead to death and a lesser chance of a full recovery. If left untreated, severe kennel cough can continue to worsen, resulting in serious illness or death in the dog. Antibiotics may be prescribed to help calm symptoms and to prevent any other infections from occurring. Azithromycin may be given to treat the condition. If the condition is mild enough, treatment may not be needed and the symptoms will likely disappear on their own.


If your dog has a good appetite and isn't acting abnormal, usually medication will not be used and the condition will leave on its own. Often a dog will cough after drinking water simply because he drank too fast or has something in his throat. While it is important to keep an eye on your dog if you notice any type of coughing, often coughing does not indicate any serious conditions or illnesses. Hello All! - i have been trying to find our why my coughs and gags only after drinking water as well. i could see it was painful and irritating for her and she avoided drinking as much as possible. Elevating her drinking bowl did not help. i did notice that when she only had a small amount of water in her bowl it was less likely to happen.


She would avoid drinking and be dehydrated most of the time. i came up with a solution that works for us. I started mixing her food and water together and the coughing and gagging stopped. She mainly eats dry "science diet light/small bites" so i mixed a 1/4 cup of dry food with about 2/3 cup of water, and she would drink the water and eat at the same time. i sometimes microwave the food and water for 10 seconds to make a broth. other times I microwave it for 30 seconds and let it sit for 5 minutes until all the water is absorbed to make it as soft as canned food. i add cold water or ice to cool it down so it is not too hot for her. i can't tell you what a relief this has been for me to see her stop suffering that way. i hope it works for some of you.

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