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Why only human beings cough?

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I notice that we human beings have a cough sometimes, but this is never the case to animals like dogs and cats? Why?
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Other animals do, indeed, get coughs. Dogs will frequently cough when they've aspirated something (inhaled a piece of food, for example) or got something caught in their throat. A variety of diseases and disorders will also cause coughing, from the fungal infection coccidiomycosis (Valley Fever) to various air-borne respiratory viruses. Just like people, they can also be sensitive to dust, or may cough because they've gotten a hair in their throat. Although less common than in people, dogs can also suffer lung cancer and other serious respiratory ailments.

Horses are also prone to coughing -- and for similar reasons. Many horses are sensitive to the dust that is present in their forage, to the degree that owners will water it down first to help them out. They also are prone to catching the rhinovirus (the same family of viruses that causes the common cold).

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Yes, animals do cough. It's common for dogs in shelters to catch a respiratory conditon called Kennel Cough and that causes a lot of coughing. Most boarding facilities require that dogs left with them have their rabies, parvo and kennel cough vaccinations current.

Cats can come down with respiratory problems, particularly if they have been housed in a shelter with numerous other cats. Cats also cough sometimes because they are fastidious groomers so they ingest a lot of hair which sometimes becomes caught in their throat.

Horses can get respiratory problems and will have a cough that requires the intervention of a veterinarian.

All animals have the abiity to cough because this reflex reaction helps them clear their lungs or throat so that they can breathe better.

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An otherwise healthy cat or dog that has a cough is a sign of underlying infections or disease. For a cat to show that it is feeling ill is not very common and causes can range anywhere from a hairball, allergies, or to more serious ailments such as heart worm disease, feline asthma, intestinal parasites and kennel cough. Kennel cough, an infectious disease caused by bacteria or a virus,is common to both cats and dogs as it originates in a kennel or boarding environment. Dogs with a cough could also be suffering from heart disease, heartworms, simple allergies, bronchitis, roundworms, pneumonia or even a collapsed trachea.

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Both my dogs had Kennel Cough when I rescued them. It was horrible. One of them was almost knocked off his feet with it because the spasms were so severe. It was easily treated with antibiotics but he had to have two courses before it went. They are well now but they still cough occasionally.

My cat also coughs sometimes. She is long haired and when she has been washing she will cough because the fur sticks in her throat. I'm surprised you haven't heard an animal cough.

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Dogs really do cough. My two did it when they had an allergy last year when I was still living in Argentina. According to the vet it was an allergy but it might also have been the pollution in Buenos Aires. Now I live in the countryside in Germany next to the woods. And the air is great here. Since we are here, they have never coughed again. I also prefer hearing the birds sing than my beloved dogs cough.

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You probably just don't realize it, but it's indeed not only human beings with cough. It may seem so because the only communication you're used to is verbally from another human being. This of course allows you to not hear other animals when they're sick or coughing.

It's alright, everyone learns something new every day, most of the time.

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Animals cough just as well, not only humans.
Haven't you ever seen a cat or a dog that probably eat too fast, and food got stuck in their throat, and they start coughing?
They do cough.
Have a nice day :)

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It is not only humans that cough. Even animals cough but only in certain conditions. I had a dog that would cough when it ate a certain type of food. I think it just depends on how the animal is being kept.

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Dogs cough as well as humans, I remember a dog my family had when I was teenager, he began coughing all the time & bringing up phlegm. The vet said it was down to heart failure & old age.

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