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My 15 year pug was given a bath yesterday now he's has a

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my 15 year pug was given a bath yesterday now he's has a real bad cough he could have taken water in thu his nose
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

While it's certainly possible to inhale a bit of water up his nose, Rocko's age is far more worrisome for advanced cardiopulmonary disease causing his coughing. Dogs who can't lie down often have compromised lungfields. In other words, lying down collapses the lungs in contact with the ground and if his lungs are already not able to oxygenate his blood due to advanced heart or lung disease, Rocko will have even more trouble oxygenating his tissues. Rocko is a dog who needs to see his vet at your earliest convenience. His heart and lungs need to be auscultated (listened to) and X-rayed. Please don't hesitate in having him attended to. Time is of the essence in these cases.

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