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I have a15y cattle dog mix .He contracted cattle cough about

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I have a15y cattle dog mix .He contracted cattle cough about a year ago I took him to our vet but he doesn't seem to be getting better. Vet put him on cough pills an now steroids. Is there any other treatments he could try
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Veterinarian will know what you should do. What is the cattle's name and age?
Customer: Moondog 15
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Moondog?
Customer: He gained 10 pounds in the 2 weeks I have him on steroids an doc said he had an irregular heart beat that just appeared She put him on heart pills for that
Submitted: 23 days ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 23 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 23 days ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Moondog. It's very important not to place kennel cough (infectious tracheobronchitis) very high on the differential diagnosis list for a 15 year old coughing dog. While any age dog can contract such an infection, elderly dogs such as Moondog are more likely to be coughing due to advanced cardioplumonary diseases, sterile chronic bronchitis, and even neoplasia (cancer) in the chest cavity. It's essential that a three-film X-rays series be performed on Moondog's chest particulary before cough suppressants and steroids are prescribed. Cough suppressanta can mask serious underlying disorders and steroids are likely to be contraindicated when heart disease is present - as appears to be the case when arrhythmia (irregular heart rate) is present. Considering his arrhythmia, I would perform an EKG in addition to the X-rays in such a patient as Moondog.

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