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My dog has had a cough that has been week or so and she is

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Hi my dog has had a cough that has been for a week or so and she is coughing when she barks and early morning every day. I took her to the vet and she was given antibiotics and muscle relaxer for her throat. I don't see no improvement it has been since Saturday that she ha been drinking this. She had an operation 2 months ago removing her uterus from an infection she had of not mating with a male dog. She also HS 2 X-rays of her throat n chest. She has a slight enlarged heart. The dog said not to worry. I am concerned because she continues with this situation. We give her a little bits of recola n eventually it stops. I need a solution.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
How old is she?
Is it a harsh or soft cough? Does she retch or vomit afterwards?
Does her cough seem triggered by excitement?
Does she have a heart murmur?
Did the vet mention if her lungs had any fluid or if her trachea was being pushed up by the heart?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Sihe is 9 yrs old she will be turning 10 yrs old this month(August)
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She coughs when she barks or early morning at 2am or 4am and i give her a little bit of cough drop because i dont know what to do with her
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She does not have a heart murmur. No fluid. But yes he said that the heart was pushing the trachea
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She is on antibotics and this medication called prednisolone 5 mg twice a day for three day then once a day for 3 days 1/2 tablet every other day
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Thank you,
Now if she coughs after barking, this suggests a throat based issue as opposed to a lung or heart issue. Still if that heart was a bit enlarged and is pressing up on her trachea, then it could be causing her cough and needs to be addressed.
Otherwise just to note, when seeing a small breed down coughing after barking does raise concerns of possible tracheal collapse. Though as this is often a birth based issue (since these breeds tend to have softer cartilage rings in the trachea then is ideal), we would assume that this is more prominent for her because of inflammation in the throat. Therefore, the Prednisolone is useful as an anti-inflammatory here to see if reducing the inflammation stops the cough for her. But do note that we need to give it a chance to work if she has only just started it.
Finally, we don't find cough drops very helpful in dogs since they tend to eat them whole. As well, some cough drops are actually dog toxic, so we need to be careful with what you give. Therefore, instead, you would be better to sooth her throat by giving her a tablespoon of honey+glycerin cough syrup or even plain honey. Alternatively use Robitussin DM but you must take care not to use one with cold medication added to it. It will take some label reading, but do avoid any syrups with cold medications in (ie acetaminophen, paracetamol, ibuprofen or any human cold medications since many are toxic for dogs), you just want one to lubricate and soothe the throat. When using Robitussin DM, we tend to give 1 milligram per pound of their body weight every 8 hours. And these would all be better options for soothing her throat.
Overall, we do have a few concerns for her signs. As the cough sounds to be due to issues in the upper airway, she is on the right course of treatment. Still I would advise the above home care, but if she isn't settling then we need to consider that this could be secondary to the heart pressing on her trachea and she may need to have that heart issue addressed as well.
I hope this information is helpful.
If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!
All the best,
Dr. B.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
You are very welcome,
All the best to you both,
Dr. B.
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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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