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I have a chicwawa (sp) dog mixed and he has always coughed.

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i have a chicwawa (sp) dog mixed and he has always coughed. Its a dry cough . He swallows his food instead of chewing most of the time but he has always had coughing little fits. Last night he coughed or hacked for a longer time. I rubbed his throat a while and he stopped. He has always done this. I take him to vet, has all his shots, not been around other dogs. I wonder if this is just normal for him
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Jean, how old is your chihuahua, please, and when did the cough first appear?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
About 7 and I had him since 1 and he has always coughed or hacked
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Thank you for the additional information. There are quite a few possible etiologies for such a persistent cough but we should be able to eliminate heart disease and infections because either would likely have been fatal by now. Instead, such a miniature dog is likely to suffer from a collapsing trachea (windpipe) and/or a chronic sterile bronchitis (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/COPD). X-rays of his chest and neck are essential when investigating such a cough. Multiple views with his head in different positions may be necessary to detect a collapsing trachea. I would expect some combination of a cough suppressant such as hydrocodone, butorphanol, or diphenoxylate; bronchodilator such as terbutaline or albuterol; and antiinflammatory therapy with prednisone to be prescribed to such a patient.

He appears to be worsening and so time is of the essence. The extent and type of therapy would be predicated upon findings in his X-rays. His prognosis would be predicated upon the severity of those findings. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.
Hi Jean,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin

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