Why Your Dog Sounds Like He Has a Hairball in His Throat
If your dog sounds like he has a hairball stuck in his throat then there is a strong possibility that he has caught a contagious infection like kennel cough. Dogs that have this condition may start to do a lot of harsh and dry coughing. This sound of having a hairball stuck in the throat may also be accompanied by other symptoms like a reduction in appetite and the development of runny nose.
Kennel cough is not considered a fatal infection but it can lead to something worse like pneumonia if it isn’t treated appropriately. If your dog recently came from places like an animal shelter or a dog day care facility then there is a chance that he has caught the kennel cough.
We would recommend checking with the vet for next steps. For mild conditions, some good rest might be all that your dog needs to get rid of the hairball sound. Bloodwork and chest x-rays could be proposed by veterinarians for more serious conditions.