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Our seven year old Sheltie occasionally has wheezing,

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Our seven year old Sheltie occasionally has wheezing, coughing spells, like something is lodged in her throat. These never last more than 3-45 seconds . This evening the coughing is going on so much longer. Her respiration seems normal. Any thoughts?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 11 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your situation, and wanted to help.

First, if she does this on occasion, we do need to tread with care. We can see these kinds of spells related to underlying issues (ie bronchitis, asthma, allergies, lung worm, etc), so if they worsen or become more frequent, then we may need to have this checked. Anyway to soothe her poor throat in flare ups like this, you can try a mild cough suppressant. Pet safe options we often use are Glycerin/honey cough syrup (with no drugs in it) or even plain honey. Both can be very soothing and can be given at a dose of 1-2 milliliter (~1/4-1/2 teaspoon) as needed. Alternatively, we can use Robitussin DM. Of course, if you use this, we only want to use this one with Dextromethorphan +/- Guaifenesin. Avoid similar syrups with pet toxic drugs (ie Paracetamol, Acetaminophen, Pseudoephedrine, Phenylephrine or caffeine, etc). Dose-wise, you can give 1/2 (half) teaspoon per 10lbs of body weight every 8-12 hours. Again, these can reduce throat irritation and coughing for our wee ones.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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