How Do I Treat Dog Sore Throat: Causes, Symptoms and Remedies

Dog Sore Throat

Unlike in humans, sore throat in dogs does not happen on its own. It is usually accompanied by other conditions, most often tonsillitis.

Dog Sore Throat Causes

Here are some of the most common causes of sore throat in dogs

  • Oral, Sinus, and Nasal Infections. These can be caused by a virus or by bacteria. The flu is a common cause of sore throat in dogs.
  • Systemic Infections – Certain systemic conditions like Parvovirus and Herpes Virus, Pseudorabies, Distempeer, and Coronavirus can cause sore throat.
  • Anal Gland Infections – Dogs who are suffering from infections of the anal gland can spread the infection to their throat and tonsils through licking

Other possible causes that can predispose dogs to sore throat include:

  • Cuts and burns in the throat from food or swallowing foreign objects
  • Foreign bodies lodged in the teeth or stuck in the mouth
  • Gum Disease
  • Issues with the teeth
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Systemic Diseases like Parvovirus

Symptoms of Sore Throat in Dogs

Here are the some of the symptoms of sore throat that owners should look out for.

  • Fever
  • Unproductive Cough – Coughing with no phlegm
  • Anorexia – May be caused by pain during swallowing
  • Gagging
  • Weakness
  • Depression


On medical examination, dogs may present with the following:

  • Red swollen throat
  • Purulent exudates on the tonsils

Dog Sore Throat Remedy

The treatment for this condition is going to depend on what is causing it in the first place. Common treatments include:

  • Antimicrobial agents – for sore throats that are caused by bacteria
  • Fluid Therapy – for dehydrated dogs
  • Rest
  • Pain Medication
  • Antipyretics – for the fever
  • Ant-inflammatory drugs

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