How to Help Your Dog with Chronic Canine Bronchitis

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Chronic Canine Bronchitis

Canine bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi, the tubes that bring the air from the trachea (windpipe) to the lungs. When this inflammation occurs, there is a buildup of mucous secretion which blocks the airways and causes a plug in the dog’s ability to bring oxygen to the lungs and to the rest of his/her body. Unfortunately, if a dog has been persistently coughing for several months, the inflammation can cause long-term damage to the dog’s airways.

How to Hep Your Dog with Chronic Canine Bronchitis

How to Hep Your Dog with Chronic Canine Bronchitis

Now, what causes chronic bronchitis in dogs? According to the Michigan Veterinary Specialists, there could be several factors: “bacterial infections, allergies, parasites (i.e., lung worms, heartworm), or chronic inhalation of airway irritants.” Chronic Bronchitis is more common in smaller dogs, but it can affect any breed.

The good news, however, is that this condition can be helped. The damage can be controlled and treated both in the way you take care of your dog in your home as well as in the diagnosis and care administered by a good veterinarian. I have provided some healthy tips for your consideration that may help as you take the necessary steps to ensure the health and care of your dog.

What To Look For

  • A persistent cough (2 months or longer)
  • Coughing fits during exercise or when entering into a new environment.
  • Wheezing
  • Excessive amounts of mucous
  • Gagging or gurgling noises
  • Lethargy or lack of stamina

Healthy Tips

  • If you notice coughing consistently over a period of 2 months or more, it is important to visit your veterinarian to assess if there is another disease present and find proper medication if necessary.
  • Find out if there are any environmental factors contributing to the bronchitis and make necessary changes (including minimization of fireplace and cigarette dust, flea powders, chemical carpet fresheners, insecticides, strong perfumes, some household cleaning products, etc.)
  • Provide a warm, clean place for your dog to get plenty of rest.
  • Make sure your dog is given a proper diet.
  • Bathing and grooming your dog is very important, not only for his/her overall health, but also to catch symptoms of any other problems or infections.
  • Steam from a hot shower can have a nebulizing affect on your dog, opening its lungs and loosening up phlegm and other discharge caught in the lungs and throat.
  • Avoid exposure to noxious chemicals in the environment, strong household cleaning vapors, dust buildup, and cigarette smoke.
  • Do not over-exert your dog through strenuous exercise, creating shortness of breath. This could lead to wheezing and gagging.


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