I have been noticing the stray puppies I feed. 3 out of 4 of them frequently cough as if something is stuck in their windpipe or foodpipe. I feed them Marie biscuits which I think aren't the ones causing problems.

They eat from garbage. What can I do without a vet? They are fine but once in a while they start coughting.


A number of things can cause coughing in dogs, not much you can do without a definitive diagnosis.

Some examples:

  • Bordetella Bronchiseptica
  • Fox lung worm
  • Canine Influenza
  • Pneumonia/Bronchitis
  • Fungal infection
  • Heartworm

Sometimes dogs will pick up a little viral infection that causes a cough and will go away over a course of 2 weeks.

I wouldn't worry about the biscuits getting stuck in their trachea, for the most part dogs can have a gag reflex from chewing sticks or bones that get stuck in their esophagus. For multiple puppies to have the same symptoms it's most likely viral or parasites.


Humans have unique anatomy of the larynx in order to facilitate speech. Animals are much less likely to choke on food than a human is. The most likely explanation then, is that the puppies are ill with something that includes coughing as a symptom. I would take them for a checkup with the vet.

  • I cannot go to a vet. They cough with less sound 5-6 times, then loudly cough with mouth wide open. Is there anything I can do? They drink water but that doesn't seem to help. Jan 24 '18 at 8:49

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