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My little chahuahua tonight started coughing and hacking as

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My little chahuahua tonight started coughing and hacking as though she has something in her throat and there are no vets available this time of night, what should I do to make her more comfortable and can breath better?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 10 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 wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

If Snooky is able to take some food and milk, then its not likely that anything is caught in her throat. Instead, it is likely inflamed and irritated. This can be caused up upper airway infections, acid reflux, or even irritation from something she ate earlier. In this case, as long as she can breathe comfortably, has pink gums, and is keeping those food/fluids down; we can try a bit of supportive care to soothe her throat until her vet is open. Specifically, you can try giving a mild cough suppressant. Commonly we will give a few millilitres of plain honey & glycerin cough syrup or plain honey. These can be given as often as needed. Alternatively, you could use Robitussin DM at a dose of 1 milligram per pound of body weight every 8 hours. Of course, do make sure to only use this and avoid any with pet toxic cold medications (ie acetaminophen, paracetamol, ibuprofen caffeine, alcohol, or pseudoephedrine) here. And if we use these safe options, we'd hope to reduce her throat irritation and keep her comfortable overnight.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 10 months ago.
Hi Dale,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Snooky. How is everything going?
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