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I have 2 dogs and they are not around any other dogs, they

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JA: Hello. What is your issue regarding?
Customer: I have 2 dogs and they are not around any other dogs
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the dog?
Customer: they are both hacking a lot but nothing comes up
JA: Where does the dog seem to hurt?
Customer: just hacking
JA: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: no
JA: OK. Nothing visually obvious. Is the dog eating normally?
Customer: yes
JA: OK. No appetite problems. Is the dog having trouble peeing or pooing?
Customer: don't think so
JA: How is the dog behaving differently?
Customer: not as active on one of them the other one seems to be active
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Spanky and he is a three year old golden retriever medical assist dog
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Spanky?
Customer: nope
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Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 8 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am so sorry both your dogs have this cough! Unfortunately even if they have no exposure to other dogs it does sound like they have come down with a cold or kennel cough. It can be another dog coming up to your fence that was exposed or sniffing an area where another dog was a few moments earlier that had a cough. Just as with people colds are easily transmittable in the environment and you might never know the origin but the fact both are coughing leaves a high suspicion it is kennel cough or a cold

There are some home remedies that can help reduce the cough and give relief

1.) The steam of the shower when the cough is severe or constant
2.) A little honey three times daily can help soothe the lungs
3.) If you have a humidifier or nebulizer that would also be wonderful to use in this situation

Unfortunately I prefer to avoid cough suppressants because when suppressing a cough if there is phlegm or buildup and lead to bronchitis or even pneumonia if the material is not coughed up so this is not something I tend to administer.

I hope this information makes sense! If the cough is productive, there is lethargic or a reduced appetite then it would be best to have a veterinary exam to ensure antibiotics are not warranted.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both!

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 8 months ago.

I am online another 20 minutes if I can be of any further assistance today. I hope your two dogs are feeling better soon!

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 8 months ago.

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