Dr. Maiji Tip on Dogs choughing
If your dog is making a choking sound and retching up white foam it is more than likely the dog has picked up KENNEL COUGH. This tracheal viral infection is very similar to human flu and just like Flu it is going around.
Vaccinated dogs may still pick it up although they do not get nearly as sick as unvaccinated dogs. The intranasal vaccine offers the best protection against infection.
Kennel Cough spreads via tracheal secretions and is highly contagious. Keep all dogs away from others specially Puppies. Fortunately it will not pass on to humans. Limit exercise until the coughing has stopped – this may last for week.
During a coughing fit it helps to coupage the dog’s chest to loosen the phlegm. This means you hold your fingers together in a slightly cupped shape and to firmly, but gently, repeatedly thump the chest over the ribcage. Honey may be given to help ease the throat irritation as well as an anti-inflammatory - a quarter of a Disprin (NEVER TO CATS – highly toxic)
I like to use a homeopathic remedy called ECO-COUGH by Ecovet to help my patients to recover faster. It is similar to Echinacaea a cold & Flue drops for humans
It is of course important to take any pet that worsens and is off its food to a VET as soon as possible.
Dr. Maija de Villiers