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My dog is hacking occasionally...almost like coughing spells

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My dog is hacking occasionally...almost like coughing spells every hour or so. She sounds like she has something stuck in her throat. She is a 4-year old Akita who is very healthy otherwise. We have another dog, a year-old Westie as well.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.

CriticalCareVet :

Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

CriticalCareVet :

Is she eating well?

CriticalCareVet :

Drinking well?

CriticalCareVet :

Discharge from the nose?

Customer:

No discharge, and she is eating and drinking. Healthy except an occasional cough, sounds like a hair ball

CriticalCareVet :

Thank you - here are some thoughts:

CriticalCareVet :

Kennel Cough would be a cause.

CriticalCareVet :

(to consider)

CriticalCareVet :

Early Pneumonia would also be a cause to consider.

CriticalCareVet :

With that said, if the signs persist or worsen, I would consider 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.

CriticalCareVet :

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.

Cough medications can be considered as well - an example is Dextromethorphan (link here). Often before using cough medications, x-rays are used to make sure that there is not a primary or secondary pneumonia as cough medications slow down the treatment of pneumonia.

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Customer:

Would it be a sudden thing? She got the pneumonia shot

CriticalCareVet :

Yes

CriticalCareVet :

There is no pneumonia shot!

Customer:

I thought there was one

Customer:

What do I know I am no vet

CriticalCareVet :

:) Nope - no shot to prevent neuro.

Customer:

Is kennel cough treated with antibiotic

CriticalCareVet :

Pneumonia.

CriticalCareVet :

Typically - yes.

CriticalCareVet :

Azithromycin / Doxycycline are common

Customer:

What about pneumonia?

CriticalCareVet :

Other antibiotics,but yes.

Customer:

OK...I think we will take her in. My husbands loves her more than me. And rightly so...she is AWESOME!

CriticalCareVet :

Excellent!

CriticalCareVet :

Glad to help!

Customer:

Do you think that our other dogs should be treated too?

CriticalCareVet :

If there are no signs - no.

Customer:

OK...thanks a bunch. I will accept your thing. Have a great holiday!

CriticalCareVet :

You too!

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