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What is Coughing?

A cough now and then is normal in dogs. However, frequent ongoing coughing (or tussis) is a sign of illness. Coughing is the body’s mechanism for preventing germs, dust and other harmful substances from entering the lungs and for moving phlegm and mucous containing harmful substances out of the lungs. Cardiovascular problems and restricted airways due to inflammation or fluid buildup can cause coughing. If your pet has been coughing and cannot seem to stop, it could be indicative of infection, foreign object or other condition and should receive medical attention. Cough is caused by irritation of the throat, airways or the lungs. There are dozens of causes corresponding to dog cough. A thorough history, documentation of the type of cough, and physical examination help the veterinarian decide which causes of cough are most likely in your dog and helps him or her decide which diagnostic tests and therapies will be required.

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Symptoms of Coughing in Dogs

If your pet is exhibiting one or more of the following symptoms, you will want to schedule an appointment with the veterinarian. Be sure to note which of the following symptoms are occurring as this information can be helpful in diagnosis.

  • Cough that is worsening
  • Cough lasting more than 5 days
  • Cough upon excitement
  • Cough after exercise
  • Cough after eating or drinking
  • Cough during rest time
  • Dry scratchy sounding cough
  • Moist productive sounding cough
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
Types

Coughing can be characterized by sound and frequency.

  • Reverse sneeze – This is not a cough. It is a repeated inhalation spasm that can sound like snorting.
  • Hacking – A short, repeating cough. Sounds like the pet is trying to clear his throat.
  • Gagging – Sounds like the pet may vomit.
  • Honking cough – Sounds like a goose honk.
  • Dry cough – Cough with no fluid involved, more in response to an irritation or constricted airway.
  • Productive cough – Moist cough that produces phlegm, mucous or foam.
  • Chronic cough – Ongoing cough throughout the day or that returns daily during the same activity (after eating, rest, sleep, exercise, excitement, or other daily events).
  • Acute cough – Small attacks of coughing due that subside after a few minutes and do not return. Normal in dogs.

Causes of Coughing in Dogs

Possible causes of coughing in dogs include:

  • Kennel Cough – This infection causes a honking dry cough, gagging and hacking. If your pet has been at the groomers, a shelter, a kennel, or dog park in the last week or two, he may have contracted kennel cough.
  • Larynx/esophageal disease – coughing that occurs after eating is a sign of this.
  • Fungal infection – Yeast or fungi from the environment can enter the lungs and cause infection (histoplasmosis, coccidiomycosis, blastomycosis).
  • Heartworms – Mosquitoes transmit infection with this parasite that is often accompanied by a chronic cough. Monthly heartworm treatment can prevent this problem.
  • Distemper – The distemper virus is a highly contagious respiratory virus. A vaccine is available to prevent infection with distemper virus.
  • Heart disease – When the heart becomes enlarged, pressure is put on the lungs causing a cough. Medication is available to provide comfort and lessen coughing.
  • Bronchitis/pneumonia – These respiratory problems are accompanied by coughing.
  • Allergies – Pollens, smoke and other inhaled allergens can result in an immune response and coughing.
  • Foreign object – Grass, seeds, dirt or food can be inhaled resulting in a chronic cough and possible airway infection.
  • Collapsed trachea– Certain breeds and overweight pets are susceptible to the trachea folding in which causes coughing. Surgical intervention is possible in severe cases.
  • Lung cancer – Lung cancer results in decreased oxygen flow from the lungs to the blood stream and is accompanied by a chronic cough.

Diagnosis of Coughing in Dogs

History

It is important to visit the veterinarian and receive a diagnosis and proper treatment when chronic cough is involved. The history is important to diagnosis of the underlying cause. You will need to let your veterinarian know your pet’s recent activities, current health issues, when the coughing started, how often the coughing is occurring, when the coughing occurs (association with exercise, sleep, rest, excitement, eating, drinking), what the cough sounds like, if the cough is dry or productive, and if your pet is currently taking any medications.

Physical Exam

The physical exam will include listening to the pet’s lungs and heart, since chronic cough is associated with either respiratory or cardiovascular issues. He may gently rub the trachea to cause the pet to cough so he can listen to the sound. Coughing resulting from tracheal manipulation is likely due to respiratory problem. Heart murmurs or abnormal rhythms indicate a heart related issue.

Laboratory Diagnostics

Laboratory diagnostics can include a complete blood cell count (CBC) to detect the presence of allergies or infection. A biochemical profile can determine liver and kidney function. If the cough produces blood or if nosebleeds are involved, clotting assays can rule out any blood clotting deficiencies. A heartworm test may be ordered to determine the presence of heartworms. In more severe cases, a bronchioalveolar lavage (BAL) will be performed so a fluid sample from the lungs can be cultured to determine source of infection.

Chest radiographs are helpful in visualizing issues in the heart and lungs. An enlarged heart, the presence of tumors, pneumonia or foreign bodies all are associated with chronic cough.

Treatment of Coughing in Dogs

Never treat a cough yourself at home with cough suppressant. Certain medications can worsen the condition and even lead to death if used inappropriately when dealing with cough.

Treatment of a cough is based on diagnosis and can range from administration of cough suppressants to providing medication for other underlying conditions or surgery. Cough usually resolves once the underlying issue is treated.

Your pet may require hospitalization in severe cases when breathing is difficult. Oxygen administration can help restore oxygen supplies and an antibiotic injection and/or intravenous fluid therapy may be needed. Steroid medications can help to treat allergic conditions.

Follow up appointments may be requested so the veterinarian can evaluate treatment efficacy.

Recovery of Coughing in Dogs

Follow your veterinarian’s instructions carefully during aftercare. Always continue the entire course of antibiotics, even after symptoms resolve. If the coughing continues or worsens after treatment, be sure to let your vet know.

During home care, try to keep you pet free from distraction by other pets or children. Rest and sleep are vital to a strong and quick recovery. Always keep your pet current on vaccinations and if mosquitoes are an issue in your location, continue a monthly heartworm preventative.

Coughing Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

pickles
miniature doxie
7 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging
Coughing

Medication Used

torbutrol
dexamethisone
penicillin
Enrofloxacin
Doxycycline
Carprofen
Amoxicillin

my miniature doxie has had her cough for almost 2 months.. shes been treated 4 times for kennel cough.. i have done everything including calling a friend from collage thats a vet..
shes had a xray of her throat, nothing is collapsed just a bit inflamed.. 4 shots of different things.. tons of pills .. ive even started giving her robitussin, so far her cough is suppressed, but comes back a little when its time for the next dose.. she is on her singlr dose of enrofloxacin .. if this last pill doesnt help, what can i do next??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The main problem is that we don’t know what the underlying cause of the cough is; there are many reasons for a dog to cough, many of which would have been ruled out by your Veterinarian by either diagnostics (x-ray) or treatment (with different antibiotics). I’m not sure what else to recommend at this point, the cough may be induced due to an allergy or other external factor (chemicals etc…) however further diagnostics will be needed to determine a specific cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Moose
Labrador Retriever
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Black poop
Gasping
Hacking,
Coughing

Medication Used

Prednison
Apaquil

My dog is suffering from the same thing. First vet did blood tests x-rays and 3 different exams. there was some dark spots clouds and somebexcess air in his tubes. They even did a valley fever test. Everything came back normal. His feces wasn’t tested. The DR. Said his cell count looked normal as well as his organs looked normal he did sa my there was someb increase enzyme production but wasn alarming. I spent 1500 on tests and medications. Then we tried a new vet. Exact same texts and no answers. He also is exhibiting an increase in flagellents and now his cough has gotten worse and he becomes bloated we switched his food and nothing. He has been on apiquil, prednisone and like 4 different types of antibiotics. The prednisone doesnt seem to help that much anymore. I actually saw him eat fecies and his are black. I’ve also noticed my other dog is starting to show the same symptoms as far as the cough goes. They are both happy wanting to play at times but the he has a hard time breathing and starts hacking two different Drs, an emergency clinic, and almost 3k later I have no answers. Now he’s bloated and you can hear everything inside him moving. Gas is constantn. Saliva is being produced more than normal he smacks his mouth. A lot and when he eats everything worsens. I don’t have anymore money but I can let this continue to hurt him if my other dog. We have tried several different things. Next to an indoscopy what other treatment options do i have?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing more details, I'm afraid that I cannot shed much light on what might be going on with your dogs. It might help to let your veterinarian know that your other dog is being affected, as that may change the things that they are thinking of in terms of possible causes. Different diseases affect both dogs vs. one dog. I hope that they are both okay.

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Stinky
Shih Tzu
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

I have 2 shih-tzu male dogs. I took them last Monday to get fixed everything went fine then day before yesterday the youngest shih-tzu coughed on and off all day then he stopped that was it. His dad is coughing now, started yesterday all night and today. It is almost like he is trying to cough something up! On and off of course. Still playing, eating, and drinking water. He gets heart worm medicine every month. I am worried and broke. What to do??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Coughing may be caused by something as innocent as a stray hair to infections and heart failure; if Stinky isn’t in any respiratory distress I would keep an eye on him for a few days to see if there is any improvement, if there is no improvement after a few days it would be best to visit your Veterinarian again regardless of cost as there are a few different causes all of which would require a different treatment so an accurate diagnosis is best. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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bandit
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
13
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

my staffy has been coughing for 8 weeks chronic good few times during day and night and his stomack moves and his anus has swollen he is 13 i love him so much im finding it hard to accept iv been to vets 3 times twice antibiotics were given other time she said xrays will be needed if it was a kennel cough should it not have gone

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the cause was kennel cough we would expect at least some improvement in the symptoms; there are many causes of coughing in dogs especially as they age which may include infection, foreign objects, tumours, heart disease, tracheal disorders among other causes. An x-ray would be useful to check the clarity of the lungs and to look for any anomalies but without performing an examination, it is difficult to give you a specific cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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chichai
Aspin
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

i have 3 yrs old dog she's been sick for 4 days now, she's not eating nor drinking water, she has a dry cough like something on her throat and i think she has a fever i dont know what to do and today i saw drops of blood on the floor. i can't take her to vet because it's costly we're poor :(

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of a loss of appetite, not drinking and coughing in dogs which may include infections, abdominal pain, foreign objects among other causes; try to encourage eating with wet food and try to mix smooth wet food with water and syringe it slowly into the mouth. I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost as a physical examination would be valuable especially if you are seeing drops of blood on the floor. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Precious
Scottish Terrier
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hacking
Coughing

My dog started having a hacking cough a little over 2 weeks ago. I took her to the vet immediately. They did a complete physical on her including a CBC and chemical blood test, and saw no signs of an issue. He also did a liver X-ray and ultrasound, and found bladder stones so she was put on a special diet for that. However, he didn’t seem too concerned about the cough and sent us on our way. It’s gotten worse since then. Now she sounds as if she has to throw up, but nothing comes out. She still eats normally, drinks fine, barks, no blood, etc. she still attempts to be active, but the cough is preventing that. I called the vet the other day and unfortunately he’s on vacation this week, but he recommended Benedryl and Pepcid. We’ve been giving her the Benedryl but not the Pepcid. There isn’t a huge improvement. However, when she sleeps her breathing is fine and she sleeps through the night. I’m obviously going to go back to the vet as soon as he gets back, but I just wanted to know if you had any idea what this could be in the mean time. Thanks.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since Precious has otherwise gotten a clean bill of health, she may be developing a cough due to allergies, or aging. As dogs age, their lungs become less elastic, and are more prone to chronic problems. I'm assuming when your veterinarian did her testing, that they did chest x-rays as well - if not, that would be a good idea. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Harley
Mixed
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

productive cough

Medication Used

Hydrocodone
Doxycycline
Clavamox antibiotic- oral

Our foster dog came off of a transport on Saturday and on Monday night, I noticed that he was breathing through his mouth and had a lot of nasal discharge. We took him to the Vet on Tuesday and they gave him Doxycycline. He took that until Saturday when I took him back because he was not getting better and he hadn't eaten in 24 hours. The Vet said he had pneumonia and gave him Clavamox and hydrocodone. He has been taking both antibiotics since then. It is now Tuesday and he has a very productive cough with a lot of green mucus coming out. Is this a good sign? He has been eating and drinking better.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A productive cough can be a good sign that Harley is getting it out of his system; also it is a good sign that he is eating and drinking better too. I would keep a close eye on him in the meantime and if there is no improvement in the cough by Friday you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Trinity
Jack Russell Terrier
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing
Gagging
Coughing

Medication Used

Doxycycline
Marbofloxacin

Hello I have a 15 yo Jack Russel mix that started coughing only when she wakes up, this was on going for a week. Now she coughs anytime she wakes up from a nap. She doesn't cough at walks or when she gets excited. I went to the vet and they did x-rays blood work fecal Etc they said everything looks good except for they saw graying in her lungs. They gave me antibiotics but they haven't worked. I just receive stronger antibiotics and I haven't really noticed a difference. I'm not sure where to go from here. They also checked her trachea with no collapse. Her cough is with the gagging but nothing comes out. Is there a specialist I can go to or can you tell me what my next testing should be.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different possible causes for this type of coughing, since it occurs when she wakes up it may be attributable to a laryngeal disorder due to her age; the greying on the lungs may or may not be clinically significant. As for a Specialist, the link below will allow you to find a board certified Internal Medicine Specialist in your area, just choose from the drop down menus. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
http://find.vetspecialists.com/

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Holly
Pitbull bulldog terrier
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

My one year old pitbull mix always coughs when she gets excited to see me when I get home. Is this normal for this to happen?

Thank you,
Ms.Carpenter

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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When a dog gets excited, the increase in respiratory rate can irritate the throat and other parts of the respiratory tract (especially in dogs with narrowed airways etc…), the cough can also be exasperated by mild respiratory infections. If Holly otherwise generally in good health, I would recommend you ask your Veterinarian at Holly’s next check up / vaccination etc…; if you see a worsening of the cough or notice fever, discharge or any other worrying signs visit sooner. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Malala
Chihuahua
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy shallow breathing
Gagging
Snorting sometimes and hear breathing.

My 1 year old chihuahua has been making some weird noises. It sounds like she wants to cough but doesn't. It's more of a snorting kinda sound. She breaths heavy like and then stops. It don't matter what's she is doing it'll happen. She'll be laying in bed and she will start with that. She gets them about 4-5 times a month

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Chihuahuas like many small breed dogs may have some problems with their respiratory tract which include narrowing of airways, tracheal collapse and anatomical disorders; also other factors like allergies or chemical irritation may play a part too, do you use a certain cleaning product before an episode occurs? Four to five times per month may correlate to a weekly cleaning schedule you perform for example. If you cannot find a cause, record one episode if you can and the visit your Veterinarian for a physical examination to attempt to determine an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Oliver
Shih Tzu
2 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Out of Breath
Sneezing
Coughing

My 2 1/2 month shih tzu puppy is having hacking,gagging, honking cough. It has been going on for a little over a week. Have bought him to the vet but they can't seem to give me a straight answer on what is going on with him. They gave him antibiotics just in case he picked up a respitory infection while at the vet for his first puppy visit. Any information or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A honking cough in a shih tzu puppy makes me jump to the idea of congenital tracheal collapse (read more here: www.vetary.com/dog/condition/collapse-of-the-windpipe); an x-ray of the trachea would show narrowing of the airway which causes breathing difficulties, a honking cough and possibly blue mucous membranes in severe cases. Other causes of honking cough are kennel cough and airway irritation. Without examining Oliver I couldn’t comment further. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

not sure as dont know if i will get charged not made clear and have had no feed back as if i got charged it was not made clear i am at a very vulnerable point had my dog 13 years just want advise

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Bruce
pitbull
1yr 4months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing dry rasphy no phlem just spit comimg up

I have a 1 year and 3 month old American red nose pitbull he has all his shots and he has been coughing alot last 2 days to nose I cold and wet hes still running around and eating and drinking he is the only animal and completely fenced in I can't afford to take him in just yet I'm just worried

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of coughing in dogs which may be due to infection, hair in the throat, foreign bodies, allergies, narrowing of the airways, tumours or congenital anomalies. Without an examination and auscultation by a Veterinarian, the cause cannot be determined due to the possible differences and different treatments required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roscoe
Labrador Retriever
12 Years
Serious condition
-1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

Our dog has been coughing for about two months. It started with sneezing fits, the vet looked around in the sinus cavities, expecting to find a foxtail. None were found. The sneezing stopped. The coughing started. It doesnt seem to make much difference whether he's been excersizing or not, eating doesnt seem to bother him, he wolfs down the "fun" food although his appetite has dropped greatly. We have to coax him to eat, & I've given him cooked chicken, good canned food, etc, sometimes he gobbles the chicken etc sometimes he walks away. Normally his appetite is huge, always wanting snacks. He gets lots of raw carrots in his Kong & also loose, since he has a chronic problem with his anal glands and I also buy Glandex from Amazon & put it on whatever food I can get him to eat. Also give him canned pumpkin in his food, he likes it but lately will eat the pumpkin only in a separate dish, not mixed with the dry, altho he eats the dry when he's thru with the pumpkin etc.
Vet did X-rays a few weeks ago, she thought the lungs looked like he had pneumonia. Our regular vet said last week he hears no "rales" & temp is normal. Still he coughs, it sounds like he wants to cough something up, but only small quantities of saliva come out, not mucus. They say his heart is fine. Just this horrible cough & appetite loss. We're going for more X-rays today, he just finished 4 weeks of Baytril & Amoxicillin. He's a yellow Lab, 12 years +/- old, Katrina survivor, average weight & has lost only a pound in the past two months. Any ideas greatly appreciated.One idea was that maybe a foxtail is lodged in his throat or lung. I'm worried about the major anesthesia & surgery involved, if that should be the case the foxtail would have to come out. Please help. We love our sweet Roscoe very much & want him to have some relief from this hideous coughing. Sometimes he wakes up in the night & coughs a few times & goes back to sleep. Horrible hacking but wet sounding cough, not very productive.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Thank you for your question. If there is a foxtail in his respiratory tract this could be diagnosed with endoscopy and removed by endoscopy; this could be done in one procedure using only sedation and local anaesthetic (safer for older dogs). As for other causes; there are a variety of different causes of respiratory disease: infectious (bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic), cancerous, foreign object, allergen (can be possibly diagnosed with intradermal skin test), or structural defect (collapse or narrowing of an airway). Without examining Roscoe personally, I am unable to offer any further information. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog is suffering from the same thing. First vet did blood tests x-rays and 3 different exams. there was some dark spots clouds and somebexcess air in his tubes. They even did a valley fever test. Everything came back normal. His feces wasn’t tested. The DR. Said his cell count looked normal as well as his organs looked normal he did sa my there was someb increase enzyme production but wasn alarming. I spent 1500 on tests and medications. Then we tried a new vet. Exact same texts and no answers. He also is exhibiting an increase in flagellents and now his cough has gotten worse and he becomes bloated we switched his food and nothing. He has been on apiquil, prednisone and like 4 different types of antibiotics. The prednisone doesnt seem to help that much anymore. I actually saw him eat fecies and his are black. I’ve also noticed my other dog is starting to show the same symptoms as far as the cough goes. They are both happy wanting to play at times but the he has a hard time breathing and starts hacking two different Drs, an emergency clinic, and almost 3k later I have no answers. Now he’s bloated and you can hear everything inside him moving. Gas is constantn. Saliva is being produced more than normal he smacks his mouth. A lot and when he eats everything worsens. I don’t have anymore money but I can let this continue to hurt him if my other dog. We have tried several different things. Next to an indoscopy what other treatment options do i have?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
can i make an appt to see you? what state are you in?

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Dodger
Jack Russell Terrier
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

I adopted Dodge (jack russell terrier) just 3days ago and i noticed that he's been coughing sometimes that sounds like he is choking of something in his throat.Rough cough.Today it happened like 5times during the whole day.I have no idea wether i bring him to a Vet check but it might cost me alot.I really don't know.Please give me some advice.I am worried.Thank You.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few reasons why Dodger may be coughing, this may be due to foreign bodies, allergies (new environment) or infection; if Dodger came from a kennel or shelter we need to consider Infectious Canine Tracheobronchitis or Kennel Cough which in mild cases presents as a persistent cough but may progress to retching, nasal secretions, lethargy, fever and in extreme cases death. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian since we know very little of Dodger’s life before the weekend. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cooper
Labrador
15 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging

My 75lbs lab (15 months old) has always been a bit of a gagger. Lately though, I feel like the frequency has increased. He could be on the bed sleeping, wakes up and does a single gag, no cough, and goes back to sleep. He also does this occasionally when he plays with a tennis ball, stuffed toys, etc.

His eating and drinking normally, and running around like a normal lab puppy. We did have a full work-up on him about 3 months ago (this included full body X-rays on the heart, lungs, esophagus and intestines), everything was perfect. We got this work-up as he started reguirating his food and the vets were worried about megaesophagus. He had no signs of the disease in the x-rays, and since changing his food 3 months ago we haven’t had a problem (his even put on 8 lbs!)

Do you think I should be concerned? It only happens once a day.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may be just down to a stray hair or something else irritating his throat, if it is unproductive and infrequent I would just keep an eye on him; it seems like he flew through his last check up and it good to know there is no sign of megaesophagus. I would see which toys cause him to gag (if any specific ones) and remove them from him when he isn’t looking; other than that keep a close eye. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Stella
Maltese
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

My 8 1/2 year old Maltese has a productive cough (by the above description) and her breathing is raspy. This started out with her breathing sounding like when a human has a chest cold and now has gotten much worse. To the point that she can't even bark without getting choked. What could this be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Stella has a severe respiratory tract infection, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and treatment; there is nothing really to be done from home, your Veterinarian may give a course of antibiotics depending on their findings. If you live around the southwest, valley fever should be considered as a possible cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pepper
Australian Shepherd/Black Lab
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

Medication Used

Phenobarbital
Zonisamide

My dog has developed a cough within the last few days. He was at the vet the other day due to some complications from one of his canine epileptic seizures and the vet said his lungs were totally clear and his heart was healthy. So I am wondering why he still has the occasional coughing fit. It's like he is trying to clear his throat or cough something up and I am worried he may be catching a cold due to the current weather conditions. Any advice would be helpful. He is an Australian Shepard/Black Lab mix to the best of my knowledge.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Pepper has a little irritation in the respiratory tract which may be caused by infections, allergies, other irritants, neurological issues among other causes; it could be something as innocent as a rogue hair or may be something more serious, for now you should just keep a close eye. However, if these coughing fits continue you should return to your Veterinarian for another examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Millie
Shih-Tzu
10 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

My dog is hacking coughing renching had her at the vet twice so they gave me antibiotics on Friday but she wasn’t eating so gave her an injection today that lasts for 2 weeks her breathing is very rapid she also has a heart murmur which has got worse she is a 10 year old Shih Tzu and I feel helpless do you think it is kennel cough or possible heart failure! I have a video of what she is doing

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without auscultating the lungs it is difficult to say what the cause is; infections, heart failure, tracheal disorders among other causes. Infections are quite common, but if the cause was due to heart failure your Veterinarian would have heard something on auscultation; if Millie starts to have breathing difficulties or is struggling to breathe, visit your Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lady
Border Collie
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

My dog Lady has had an increasing cough. She has been to the vet twice. The first time they gave her a clean bill of health. The second time they said she had kennel cough and gave her medication. The cough got better for a short period but id now worse than ever. She starts to have coughing fits that start to sound like she is hacking something up and ends with really loud gas. She has always been afraid of her gas, so the poor thing jumps up and runs away everytime she lets loose. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Ben

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining Lady, I cannot diagnose or prescribe anything for her, but with her age and a worsening cough, it would be a good idea to take an x-ray and make sure that everything is okay with her lungs. If she doesn't have any signs of masses or tumors, there are cough suppressants that your veterinarian can prescribe that she might need to stay on. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian. I hope that she is okay.

I have a 1 year old Bullu-Pit and he usually gags each day like he is trying to cough up some like he is choking, and sometimes vomit 🤮 are there any home remedies I can do I’m a single mother on a tight budget really can’t afford the Money to take him to vet right now, I know since you haven’t examined him you don’t know his full diagnosis but do you think you can give me a idea to what it may be please and 😊

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Baby
Shih Tzu
15 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

chronic rhythmical cough worsening

Baby is a 15.5-year-old sweet Shih Tzu which has developed a chronic cough over the past three years (also blind and quite deaf, but her heart is good and she easily walks a mile on leash), which coughing has accelerated markedly during the past several days, occurring both night and day, resting or moving. Coughing comes very often and continues over a duration of at least several minutes usually, at a frequency of every 2 or 3 seconds, loudly enough to be heard easily through closed doors (therefore, I can no longer take her to my second home in Spain). Diagnosed with tracheal collapse, we tried prescriptions of a blue pill, medicine commonly prescribed for asthmatic humans as a bronco-dilator (forgot name), which evidenced no beneficial results. At going-on 16 (I am 75, so I confess to being a PETophile), she is too old for surgery, doubtless, so I am asking whether there might be a really effective medicine my vet might consider. Baby already sleeps almost all the time, except for eating and business trips--and coughing. Opiates might help...but side effects are perhaps worse than the disease. Any suggestions as to more effective medication or treatment would be greatly appreciated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Baby or knowing which medications have already been tried, I have a hard time commenting on medications that might help her situation. There are a number of cough suppressants that can be prescribed, some opiate and some not. Other things that can help if she is having this cough due to a collapsing trachea are to make sure that she is not overweight, as that can really exacerbate the condition, and to provide her food and water at a slightly elevated level so that she doesn't have to reach her head down to eat or drink. If her coughing is dramatically worse lately that you have noticed, it would be best to work with her veterinarian to find a solution for her, or to seek a second opinion to have her assessed.

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Buddy
German Shepherd
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent
Strong cough
Hacking cough

It seems like Buddy is getting worse in health as each day passes. First, he had an open wound on his back near his tail. He then developed 3 more. After taking him to the vet, he was prescribed some medicine, which he finished. Almost two weeks ago, we took him again to the vet after a very large, red wound showed up on his thigh. He was given medication, which we are still on, and some cream to apply that contains a local anaesthetic.

About 3 days ago, Buddy has gotten a frequent cough. It sounds like it is a hacking cough, he opens his mouth and stretches out his tongue, kind of like he's trying to clear his throat or vomit. He also somehow coughs through his nose; when he was lying down on his side, he made a strange sound and breathed very heavily in and out through his nose, while coughing. It shows up when he's lying down, walking around, usually anywhere. Should we take him to the vet? What do you think?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With the onset of respiratory symptoms, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination since a different course of treatment may be required; if you like in the southwest, I would be concerned about Valley Fever which causes may cause respiratory symptoms and skin lesions so that is always one to look out for. But please visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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diego
Toy or Miniature Poodle
13 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Coughing

hello, my dog has a heart murmur 5/6. hes been coughing for about 3 weeks straight now. we went to the vet and he prescribed antibiotics and cough medication but when the medicine finished my dog still had a cough. we went back to get more medicine. he is currently on heart medication endocrine, antibiotics and a coughing pill. but he is still coughing. i think it is kennel cough, it sounds like hes trying to throw up but nothing comes out. He's 13 years old. hes my everything and i just don't know what to do to make him feel better. any advice for his cough? he also breathes rapidly. he coughs when he gets excited and sometimes at random.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for coughing in dogs including infections, heart disease, chemical irritation, tracheal disorders (tracheal collapse), tumours among other causes; without examining him I cannot say what the specific cause is or recommend any prescription medications. If Diego doesn’t improve, try visiting another Veterinarian for a second opinion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
Pit bull mix
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hacking

Medication Used

Doxycycline

I live on an island where we only have a nonprofit shelter with few medications. My dog was staying there for 5 days and now I think he has kennel cough (hacking up white foam with dry blood). Due to the lack of equipment there I am not able to get an X-ray. I was able to start him on Doxycycline yesterday. Is there anything else I can do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Buddy has kennel cough, he may benefit from a stronger antibiotic. Clavamox is one that typically helps, in this situation. If Doxxycline is what you have, he may be okay if he is suffering from kennel cough, as they tend to clear the virus and sometimes need help keeping bacterial infections under control. i hope that he is okay!

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dumplin
Pekingese
14
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Noisy Breathing

i have a 14yr old pekingese, he hacks/wheezes when he gets excited, playing and lately he does it while hes sleeping. Its not 24/7 but today its been alot. Lately he does it while sleeping or sitting and the wheezing is followed by a hack/cough like hes trying to clear his throat or hock out something but never does. I know we were told he had a heart murmur and I dont know if that causes this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given the symptoms and Dumplin’s breed, I would suspect that he cause maybe tracheal collapse since the symptoms present at times of physical activity which is common in this condition; please check the link below. Other possible causes maybe due to infection, tumours, inflammation, narrowing of airways, allergies, irritants or cardiovascular disease. I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian to check Dumplin over and if it is tracheal collapse, prescribe medical management (and a diet if he is overweight) to see if the condition improves. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
https://www.vetary.com/dog/condition/tracheal-collapse

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