3 Reasons Why Your Dog Coughs When He is Excited
Does your dog show a concerning behavior whereby he coughs and gags anytime he seems to get excited over something? Whether it only started to happen recently or has always been a concern, it’s important to set up a session with the vet for a proper checkup. In the meantime, here are some common reasons that may explain the coughing behavior.
1. Coughing Due to Tracheal Collapse
Your dog may have a common health disorder known as collapsing trachea. It’s an inherited disorder in which the supportive structures of the trachea are less firm than they should be. In some situations, such as when a dog gets excited, a tracheal collapse may occur and this would cause the dog to cough and gag.
Tracheal collapse is more common with small-breed dogs like yorkies. It can happen at any age but it is typically more common once a dog reaches six to seven years of age. You may notice that dogs with tracheal collapse conditions will experience chronic, intermittent bouts of coughing, and these sessions will get worse when the dog gets excited.
2. Coughing Due to Reverse Sneezing
The coughing could also be a result of a condition called reverse sneezing. This typically happens when a dog extends their head and neck then starts to inhale repeatedly through their nose. When they do this, you will hear a “snorking” sound every time the dog inhales.
Reverse sneezing usually occurs when a dog gets excited but it may also happen in other situations, such as when your dog is eating, drinking, or running around. While it may sound alarming, reverse sneezing is usually not dangerous for a dog.
3. Coughing Due to a Respiratory Disease
The coughing may be a result of a respiratory disease such as kennel cough. This, however, is only likely to occur in places where many dogs gather, such as a dog park or a kennel. A dog affected by kennel cough will start to experience loud coughs in addition to other respiratory symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, and a low fever.
Another condition your dog might be suffering from is chronic bronchitis, which causes inflammation along the airway. This makes it a lot more difficult for dogs to breathe, especially when they get excited. Dogs that suffer from bronchitis usually exhibit a dry cough.