Q. Dry coughing like symptoms. Not like coughing a hair ball. Dog started first notice now my elderly cat is doing it.

A. The chances of the same virus affecting both cat and dog are rare. It may be an airborne irritant, such as dust, mold, or exposure to a new cleaner or other chemical product in their environment, or they could have separate complaints. The dog may have an upper respiratory infection, allergies (though allergies in pets most often affect their skin rather than their breathing), it may be related to straining on a leash, kennel cough, there are a number of possibilities. The cat could also have a URI, though the chances of it being the same virus affecting both animals is small. The cat could also have feline asthma, heart disease, hairballs, just to name a few. I recommend getting both of them checked especially if the symptoms do not resolve or get worse.

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A. Id set up a consultation to discuss some environmental or exposure things that could predispose the symptoms you are describing. For example, bronchitis and asthma commonly effects animals if there are smokers in the house, fungal diseases in an older house or a house that has been through a flood, or infections bacterial or viral conditions like if they have been exposed to other animals. Separately, heart conditions can also cause coughing.

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