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Pet is unable to or has a difficulty in barking or meowing. Hoarseness in cats or dogs can be caused because of excessive barking or meowing. Another cause can be an infection or trauma to the throat. In case of a medical condition, it is advised to consult a veterinarian.

How to Recognize

If your dog's bark or cat's meow sounds hoarse, it may be a sign they are sick. Coughing, decreased appetite, and fever are common symptoms that accompany hoarseness.

Causes of Hoarseness

Hoarseness is usually caused by trauma or a sore throat. Underlying conditions include tonsillitis, strep throat, sinus infections, kennel cough, distemper, a throat tumor, and upper respiratory tract infections.


While hoarseness can simply be caused by too much barking or meowing, it is always best to consult a veterinarian.

Treatment for Hoarseness

Your pet's treatment will typically be antibiotics, although it depends on the underlying condition.

Pet Insurance

When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.

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