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Dr Marta Lepes, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  Owner, practitioner, Owner at Hilo Veterinary Clinic, Inc, Vetmed Hawaii
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My dog has been sick with cough wks. I've had her to the doc

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My dog has been sick with cough for 3 wks. I've had her to the doc and she is on antibiotics and hydrocodone cough meds she is not eating and coughing got worse after doc gave her a steroid injection can i give her a breathing treatment with albutoral
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is***** and I am here to help you.

It would be OK to use the albuterol. It will open air passages. But only temporarily.

Go ahead and use and then let me know how she does

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 year ago.

Was she boarded before the cough started?

If it was an allergy the steroid injection should have helped.

Is she gagging, like she is trying to cough something up?

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 year ago.

Maybe since this has lasted 3 weeks she should get a chest xray.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 year ago.

I'll check back in a few minutes

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 year ago.

I hope you remembered to shake the albuterol.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She started to cough after groomers and also shortly after eating a baby back rib bone I asked vet about that too he thought it was kennel cough not a bone fragment chest x rays have been done shows a cloudy milky spot about 2 inches round at the end of esophagus I just don't know what to think meds aren't working either that why I thought about nebulizer
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
With albutoral but do I use the same dose I use on me she weighs 8 pounds
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 year ago.

Then she may have kennel cough which she got from another dog. It usually lasts a few weeks.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 year ago.

Do you have the inhaler?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have inhaler
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 year ago.

OK, you know that you have to inhale when you use it. But you can't get her to do that. So just use one puff close to her nose. Do it and let me know a few minutes later how she reacted, I mean her cough.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Still breathing difficult no change.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Cough and gags
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She won't eat either or drink water been giving water through syringe
Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 year ago.

If she is not eating or drinking please take her back to your vet. Get that chest xray.

Since the albuterol didn't work, don't give her any more.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 year ago.

If you are not getting satisfactory service from him, try an emergency clinic.

This sounds serious and since it has been going on so long I am very concerned, specially since she is not eating or drinking. And she is so small and can get dehydrated very fast.

I hope that this has helped. If you have any more questions let me know.

Otherwise please rate this service.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 year ago.

I'll check with you in the morning to see how she id doing. It is 10:15 pm here.

Expert:  Dr Marta Lepes replied 1 year ago.

Hello,

How is your dog doing? I hope you got some help and that she is feeling better. Please let me know.

Dr Marta