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M dog either has kennel cough or hair in s throat. We went

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m dog either has kennel cough or hair in his throat. We went to Petsmart today to buy dog food. He has been coughing ever since. He is getting worse by the minute. Please hel[
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian & I would like to help you with your wee one today.

A caught hair is unlikely if you have seen his signs continue after offering water and food. As well, we'd not be overly worried about anything being caught in the throat if he can eat/drink and keep this down. Instead, our concerns here would by a possible irritated throat (if he ate something abrasive), a bacterial or viral upper airway infection (ie kennel cough, parainfluenza), and bacterial tracheitis. As well, but hopefully less likely with his sudden onset, we can see coughing with lung disease, heart troubles, and associated with some respiratory parasites (ie lungworm, heartworm).

Therefore, with all of this in mind, we do need to monitor him closely. Since he sounds very irritated just now, you can consider trying him with a mild cough suppressant like glycerin/honey cough syrup (with no drugs in it) or even plain honey. Both can be very soothing to irritated and tickly throats. Typicallywe will give a 1-2 milliliter (~1/4-1/2 teaspoon) as needed. Alternatively, you can try Robitussin DM here. Iwould just say to make sure to use this preparation and avoid any similar syrups that may contain other medications like Paracetamol, Acetaminophen, Pseudoephedrine, Phenylephrine or caffeine (since these can be toxic). If it also contains Guaifenesin that is okay. Dose-wise, we tend to give this as 1/2(half) teaspoon per 10lbs of the dog's body weight every 8-12 hours. Again, these can reduce any possible irritation driving him to cough. Furthermore, soaking his kibble or offering soft foods may also help reduce his signs.

Overall, if his signs are sudden in appearance, then the a bit of throat irritation and our infectious causes would be most likely. Therefore, you can try to soothe his throat with the above just now. That said, if he doesn't settle, then it'd be advisable to have him checked by his vet. They can confirm if a bacterial or viral infection is present and also listen to his lungs and heart to make sure these are not playing a role in his cough. Depending on their findings, they can address infectious cases with antibiotics +/- dog safe anti-inflammatories (ie Metacam) and advise you if there is anything else suspect for his cough.

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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