my 11 year old male neutered poodle has developed a hacking, deep cough this past week -- he still is eating and pooping and playing -- will this pass ?? we hare having extreme pollen and most all humans seem to have a cough -- thank you for your advice and direction ---yt
Type of Animal: poodle
Age: 11 years
Name of Dog: pipsqueak
red liquid medicine prescribed by his doctor-- hycodan syrup -- but does not help when pip gets a coughing spell --he also will spit up (not vomit)at the end of the cough
Hello - I am Dr. Matt - I would be glad to help you with your question.Did your vet take an x-ray of his chest?Does he have a heart murmur?Does he cough more when he is excited or exercising?Has he been at a kennel or grooming facility recently?
no -- seems to be worse at bedtime
no -- i have a groomer come to my home -- i have another poodle and a yorkie but none have the cough
Sorry I just wanted to clarify what your answers were. Does he have a heart murmur? Did your vet take an x-ray of his chest area?
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Thanks for the clarification.Based on what you are describing, here are some of the possibilities of what could be causing his coughing:- Heart disease or congestive heart failure- Heart worm disease- Pneumonia- Chronic bronchitis which can sometimes be caused by allergies- Cancer unfortunately needs to be consideredAt this time, if he is not responding to the hycodan syrup, I would definitely talk to your vet about taking an x-ray of his chest. Many of the above disorders that I mentioned above could be ruled out just with an x-ray alone. Heart disease is a very common cause of what you are describing which can cause coughing at night. There is medication that can be given to help control this type of coughing.If this is due to an infection or a allergic disease then other medications such as an antibiotic can be given or a steroid/antihistamine can be used.If you would like to try an antihistamine you could give him some Benadryl at a dose of 1 mg per pound every 12 hours. Overall I would definitely ask your vet about taking an x-ray because that test alone should give you a much better answer.Hope this helps -please reply if you have any other questions or if I have not answered your question completely.
received your reply and this seems to be all over the board and of no help-- what should this cost ? I am a 77+ widow and live on social security --the doctor here in this small town is a monopoly and his fees are ridiculous -- we all agree but have no other source -- maybe if i have a reasonable figure, i can negotiate--thanks
An x-ray generally should cost about $80 - $120 depending on the area that you live in. I would definitely talk to your vet about the cost to make sure that he is reasonable.You can definitely try the Benadryl first to see if this helps first though. This may help with an allergic disease.