Tonsillitis in the dog
Like humans, dogs also have two tonsils which are located in the right and left throat. As part of the lymphatic system, they play an important role in the defence against diseases. Due to their anatomical position, they are often involved when pathogens enter the animal's body.
Especially in the cold season, your dog's tonsils can become inflamed. A distinction is made between primary tonsillitis and secondary tonsillitis, in which the inflammation occurs in conjunction with other diseases such as colds or coughs.
Below you'll learn about the symptoms of tonsillitis in your dog, how it is treated and what you can do to prevent it.
Causes of tonsillitis in dogs
Tonsillitis is caused in dogs by an infection with viruses or bacteria. It occurs mainly in young dogs. The reason for this is that the immune system in young animals is not yet fully developed and can quickly be overwhelmed by the defence against pathogens.
In addition, tonsillitis is a common problem in bulldogs, boxers and other dogs with a short muzzle. Because of the narrow space conditions in the mouth the almonds are particularly easily irritated with these dog breeds.
Symptoms of tonsillitis in dogs
At the beginning a tonsillitis manifests itself in dogs with hardly noticeable symptoms, which most dog owners should not notice at all.
These include above all:
- Increased swallowing
- Frequent yawning
- Smacking noises
- Increased salivation
- Head shaking
Because tonsillitis feels to your dog like he has a foreign body in his throat, he may start eating or choking grass. When choking, white mucus similar to vomit may escape.
As your dog's tonsillitis progresses, the symptoms increase. Since swallowing is painful for the four-legged friend, he will start to refuse to eat. In addition, fever will develop and your dog will look increasingly dull and shy. Constant coughing and choking can also cause the animal to vomit more often.
Tonsillitis in dogs: Diagnosis
If you suspect that your dog is suffering from tonsillitis, we recommend that you consult a veterinarian. The veterinarian can palpate the dog's throat and will tell if the tonsils are inflamed by looking into the dog's mouth at the latest.
At least with older dogs it can be useful to take a tissue sample in this connection and thus exclude a tonsil tumor as cause for the complaints.
Treating tonsillitis in dogs
How tonsillitis in your dog should best be treated depends on its severity. If the tonsils are only slightly reddened, a little rest, warmth and a remedy for the pain and inflammation are often enough.
However, if you have a severe tonsillitis, your dog will most likely need additional antibiotics. If your dog's tonsillitis is caused by a different cause, it should of course be eliminated as part of the treatment.
If your dog regularly suffers from tonsillitis, it may be advisable to remove it surgically. In this way, the symptoms can be controlled permanently and possible consequences such as heart muscle inflammation can be prevented.
Preventing tonsillitis in dogs
The better your dog's immune system works, the less likely he is to get tonsillitis. A weak immune system makes your dog's body less resistant and increases the risk of tonsillitis and other ailments.
To prevent tonsillitis in your dog, we recommend that you take a Bellfor Immune supplement in winter. Bellfor Immune contains insect protein, propolis and various medicinal plants and supplies the body of your four-legged friend with valuable amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
The selected ingredients help to strengthen your dog's immune system in a natural way. Bellfor Immun is suitable for four-legged friends of all breeds, supports the functioning of the immune system already in young animals and can thus help to prevent tonsillitis in your dog.