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My dog is coughing up a clear or milky white phlegm. Hes

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My dog is coughing up a clear or milky white phlegm. He's around 14 years old and he's a coon hound/blood hound mix. This started early this morning and I am concerned as he seems to be gagging a bit. We live in Costa Rica and he's not been near a kennel nor other dogs besides his little companions who are quite young.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
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While Kennel Cough is a concern - other causes such as Pneumonia would be a concern as would other causes such as heart disease.

Other causes are possible as well, but can not be ruled out based on history alone.

With that said, if the signs persist or worsen, I would recommend a check-up with your veterinarian.

They may recommend x-rays to make sure there is no evidence of pneumonia and also to listen to the heart and look at the heart on the x-rays with the lungs.

If there is a concern for infection, antibiotics will likely be prescribed.

For congestion, many owners find humidification helpful. This is achieved with a children's / baby's humidifier for 10-15 minutes twice daily, or using the steam from a hot shower - this will allow humidification and help to moisten the airways for mucous breakdown and to improve congestion.

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