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What are Bronchitis?

Although often viral bronchitis will resolve following supportive care, in some cases it may lead to conditions such as pneumonia. For chronic bronchitis on-going treatment and management are often required. In order to provide your pet with the best care it is important you contact a veterinarian if you suspect they may be suffering from this condition.

Bronchitis in dogs, the inflammation of the bronchial airways, can be acute or chronic in nature. Chronic bronchitis commonly affects middle-aged dogs who present with persistent coughing, lasting over two months. Acute bronchitis is a common disease that affects dogs of all ages, is caused by multiple infectious agents, and is characterized by a harsh cough.

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Symptoms of Bronchitis in Dogs

The most common sign of bronchitis in dogs is a persistent cough. Other symptoms may include:

  • Increased breathing rate 
  • Fever
  • Wheezing while breathing
  • Excessive mucous production or frothy saliva following coughing/retching
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sneezing and nasal discharge
  • In chronic bronchitis, syncopal episodes (the rapid loss of consciousness due to temporary deficiency of oxygen to the brain) following coughing may be seen 
  • In cases of viral bronchitis, a harsh, dry cough with sudden onset may be seen along with retching and gagging
  • Anorexia and lethargy

Causes of Bronchitis in Dogs

Acute infectious bronchitis 

Acute cases of bronchitis are often caused by viruses, following contact with an infected pet. The most common viral causes are kennel cough, parainfluenza, and distemper. Environmental factors such as stress, temperature extremes, and ventilation appear to increase the risk of contracting these viruses. Unlike chronic bronchitis there appears to be no age bias, although young and geriatric dogs often suffer from more severe symptoms.

Pets who have contact with areas with a number of other dogs, such as in dog parks, boarding kennels, and dog shelters, have higher incidence of contracting the disease. Known causes of acute bronchitis in dogs are: 

  • Canine adenovirus
  • Canine distemper virus
  • Canine herpes virus
  • Parainfluenza virus
  • Bordetella bronchiseptica
  • Streptococcus zooepidemicus

Chronic bronchitis 

Cases are considered chronic when the pet has suffered from coughing for over 2 consecutive months. Often the cause of chronic bronchitis is unknown, though the following may be predisposing factors: 

  • Previous respiratory tract damage, trauma or infection
  • Prolonged exposure to inhaled irritants such as cigarette smoke
  • Age 
  • Cardiovascular disease

Diagnosis of Bronchitis in Dogs

Your veterinarian will perform a full clinical examination of your pet and discuss his diet and history with you. Your veterinarian will auscultate the lungs and heart of your pet to determine his lung and cardiovascular health. The lung noises during respiration will assist your veterinarian in diagnosing the illness. 

If your companion has a harsh cough and history of contact with other infected dogs, or environmental stress, it may indicate viral bronchitis. Your veterinarian may need to take radiographs of your pet’s thorax under sedation, this may show bronchial wall thickening that can indicate bronchitis. Other diagnostic tools that may be used are:

  • Bronchoscopy to visualise the bronchial tubes
  • Cytology and microbiology investigations may also be performed using a bronchial wash which may indicate the cause of the condition

Treatment of Bronchitis in Dogs

Supportive Care

For some animals, supportive care may be all that is required. To give your pet the best possible chance of improvement:

  • Ensure his environment is free of irritants such as cigarette smoke 
  • In some cases, the use of nebulization may be beneficial for steam therapy to help loosen secretions
  • Allow your pet to rest and limit exercise
  • Provide excellent nutrition to support his recovery
  • Provide a clean, warm and sanitary environment 
  • If your pet is obese, weight reduction can greatly improve the condition and quality of life for your pet; your veterinarian can discuss an on-going diet plan 


In cases of bacterial infection, the result of a swab sample will allow your veterinarian to choose the most effective antibiotic therapy for your dog. He may require antibiotic treatment for 3-4 weeks. Glucocorticoids such as prednisolone can be used to reduce inflammation, however, this may have side effects such as increased appetite. It is vital that this medication is tapered, rather than stopped suddenly. Bronchodilators such as theophylline may also be beneficial for your pet, these may be given for a 2-week trial period and ceased if no improvement is seen.

Recovery of Bronchitis in Dogs

The prognosis for your dog will depend on the underlying cause of the bronchitis and his initial response to treatment. Your pet will need careful veterinary monitoring and regular revisits, if symptoms worsen it is essential your canine companion be seen by a veterinarian promptly. As infectious bronchitis is highly contagious it is important that your pet is kept away from other animals for the duration of the illness.

Bronchitis Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Jack Russell Terrier
14 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

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Dry Cough wheezing
Dry Cough

I have a 14 year old Jack Russell. Over the course of the last week he has developed a wheezing and a hacking dry cough after activity. I’ve checked for allergies or new plants or anything that could change in the environment but nothing. I also have another dog who seems to be fine. I. Thinking it’s brochitis but not sure. Any help would be grateful.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
461 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. A cough in an older dog should not be ignored - it could be lung disease, a heart problem, or an upper airway issue. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, determine what might be going on and recommend x-rays if needed. They'll be able to recommend the best course of treatment for him.

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2 Years
Moderate condition
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Medication Used


I think my dog might have bronchitis. I went to the vet and she said he might have a trachea 'infection' she gave me a prescription for cough suppressants and an antibiotics for the infection. He hates the antibiotics but the reason we took him to the vet was because he wheexes and stops breathing while he's frozen in one spot. Nothing comes out but he gets really tired afterwards. He hasn't done it since we started the medicine but recently in one evening he had three spells. We recently adopted him so I think he has kennel cough or bronchitis. Which one does he have and what can I do?

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
461 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. The best thing to do for him would be to follow your veterinarian's advice, and give the medications. She believes that he may have a tracheal infection, and since she examined him, that is likely what he has. If he isn't improving on the medication, he may need a follow up and possible x-rays to determine what is going on with him.

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5 Years
Serious condition
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Not eating or drinking anything,

My dog is not eating n drinking. Whatever he intake thoroughly vomit. Saliva is coming out . Not able to close his mouth n tongue is not not working and colur of tongue is also changed. Doctor is saying it’s bronchitis but his mouth is always open. Please tell me wjat it’s exactly is?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
It isn’t possible to say what the specific cause is but possible causes include facial nerve injury, cervical spine injury, masticatory muscle myositis, infections, parasites among other causes; your Veterinarian is probably hearing some respiratory difficulty and Pegacy may be leaving his mouth open to allow more airflow into the lungs. Without performing a physical examination and possibly a blood test I cannot tell you exactly that the cause is. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Jayce Wyatt
My chronic bronchitis started out with post-nasal drip and a cough and I felt tired and turned in early. The next day the cough got worse and I felt lousy, so I called in sick. I felt steadily worse for another day, then on day three the fever started, and I couldn't sleep for more than an hour or so at a time for a whole week. When I went to the doctor I was given a Z-Pak, albuterol inhaler (the only thing that did me any good), oral steroids, cough pearls which didn't do any good, and was told to take Mucinex. In all, the fever lasted six days. I coughed so much I hurt my back and ended up in the emergency room because my back went into such spasms I couldn't move without extreme pain. They shot me full of morphine and prescribed valium and naproxen. I missed two weeks of work,my friend at work purchased a chronic bronchitis herbal remedy online from Dr George,I used the herbal remedy for 2 weeks,my chronic bronchitis disappeared. am back to work,living chronic bronchitis free all thanks to my friend and Dr George .contact Dr George for your cure (drgeorge @ goodhealthherbshome .com ).... www .goodhealthherbshome .com

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Staffordshire Bull Terrier
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Medication Used

Shortened breath bloody mucus

I’ve been to the vet twice now he had a scan of his chest and been told it’s bronchitis, was given antibiotics and cortisone tablets I’ve gave him the first lot of treatment then as he still was the same went back and she gave me a second lot which he has now taken for over 2 months I’ve tapered down the treatment but it still seems the same, the cortisone tablets help with the cough but he still seems as bad as the first day. Don’t know whether to go back to the vet or get a second opinion from elsewhere. Thank you

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
If a bacterial infection is suspected, then it may be a case that a culture and sensitivity test is done to identify the bacteria and determine the most suitable antibiotic for treating it; it is not helpful to just keep prescribing antibiotics if they are not effective. Foreign bodies, irritants, allergies and other causes of inflammation may cause bronchitis in dogs; it is important to establish an underlying cause. At this point, it may be worth visit another Veterinarian for another opinion on Deebo’s condition with a different set of eyes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your advice, I’ll get him checked out elsewhere. Thanks again!

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1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My dog is having cough for more than a month, she took antibiotics and has been hospitalized already since she lacked appetite, but now she is active , eats well but still has the cough what to do?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1953 Recommendations
Coughing may be caused by a variety of causes which may include infections, allergies, chemical irritants, foreign objects, conditions like tracheal collapse among other causes. It is difficult to say what the underlying cause of the coughing is; try to think if there has been any changes in your home like new cleaning products or a new plant which may be inducing a cough. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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