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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My 9 month old Morkie has been coughing and 2 months now it

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My 9 month old Morkie has been coughing and for about 2 months now it has gotten noticeably worse the last 3-4 days. He has low energy. The coughing and now gagging.. going from outside to inside or when he gets excited.
It's the low energy that concerns me most. I just thought he had allergies or asthma?
I don't have a lot of money with a job change. What can I do ?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Kyle, I understand your financial constraints but Benny is a patient that begs for X-rays of his chest. Because there's Yorkie in him, I have to place a collapsing trachea (windpipe) on the top of my diffrerential diagnosis list for such coughing. There are certainly other considerations - pneumonia, sterile bronchitis, heartworm disease (unlikely to be clinical at his age), and congenital (present at birth) cardiovascular diseases - but those, too, would require X-rays to identify.

There's nothing of value over the counter for such a patient as Benny. He needs the attention of his vet at your earliest convenience...particularly because he's worsening. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.
Hi Kyle,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Benny. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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