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Our little dog, she part toy poodle and something else, we

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Our little dog, she part toy poodle and something else, we don't know. She was dumbed at our house a year ago. Anyway she has this cough, it's more like hacking, she eats and drinks then she starts hacking, sometimes she throws up. What could this be?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

So sorry to hear that your Daisy is having this cough. There are many causes of a cough ranging from kennel cough similar to a cold in people related to exposure at a kennel, day care, grooming facility and can take 5-14 days to show signs to heart disease or a tracheal issue

I can give you some basic guidelines to treat the cough but if it is not improving then I would advise a veterinary to rule out the more serious causes of a cough in a little dog as Daisy

There are some home remedies that can help reduce the cough and give relief

1.) The steam of the shower when the cough is severe or constant
2.) A little honey three times daily can help soothe the lungs
3.) If you have a humidifier or nebulizer that would also be wonderful to use in this situation
4.) Elevate the food and water bowls to chest level so she doesn't have to bend down to eat/ drink and feed smaller meals if possible throughout the day versus just a few.

Unfortunately I prefer to avoid cough suppressants because when suppressing a cough if there is phlegm or buildup and lead to bronchitis or even pneumonia if the material is not coughed up so this is not something I tend to administer.

I hope this information makes sense! If the cough continues to be productive, there is lethargic or a reduced appetite then it would be best to have a veterinary exam to ensure antibiotics are not warranted.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier.

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