Do you have a dog who coughs frequently, maybe a lot? First and foremost, you need to be aware that, unless you see an obvious reason for the coughing, this can be a symptom of a health condition which could be serious and medical intervention is essential. Dogs can cough for a number of reasons, for example, as a result of something caught in their throats or due to allergies. The most common causes of coughing in dogs are 6 in number: kennel cough, heart disease (including congestive heart failure), heart worms, foreign object lodged in their throats, pneumonia, collapsing trachea and reverse sneezing. Some less common causes of coughing include canine flu, bronchitis, distemper, allergies and some forms of cancer. Though some of these are more serious than others, they are all treatable and some may involve some modification of your dog's living conditions and level of activity.
Activities for dogs with a cough don't have to be earth-shaking to provide fun and exercise for your precious pet. While the cough, and concern for exacerbating it, can dictate the level of intensity and even the duration and some of the other guidelines of the game or activity, it doesn't have to dictate the amount of fun and bonding which takes places between you and your pet. Get creative and let your imagination run wild and let the fun begin!