Health Concerns

Runny Nose, Coughing or Sneezing

While the occasional sneeze is common for pets, an ongoing sneeze, repeated cough or continuously runny nose is a sign your pet should be seen by a veterinarian. A cough may indicate your pet has contracted a virus or a foreign object lodged in its throat, while frequent sneezing or a runny nose could mean your pet may be facing a serious respiratory issue. 

When to visit VCA Urgent Care 

  • Coughing/sneezing that does not resolve after a short period of time
  • Your pet has excessive nasal discharge
  • Nasal discharge that has crusted around the nose

When to seek emergency care 

We recommend visiting an emergency hospital if your pet is experiencing any of the following:

  • Your pet has trouble breathing
  • Your pet is experiencing shortness of breath

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