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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My 12 year old Maltese has been coughing a lot the last

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My 12 year old Maltese has been coughing a lot the last couple of days.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Veterinarian will know what you should do. What is the Maltese's name?
Customer: Charlie
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Charlie?
Customer: He can be a bit ashtmatic a times but this coughing is different
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

While any age dog can cough due to a simple respiratory infection such as infectious tracheobronchitis ("kennel cough"), I have to consider more serious coughing disorders in dogs of Charlie's age such as advanced cardiopulmonary disorders such as congestive heart failure, chronic sterile bronchitis, heartworm disease, and even neoplasia (cancer) in the chest cavity. Please don't hesitate to have Charlie's vet carefully auscultate (listen to) and X-ray Charlie's heart and lungs. Do not accept a prescription of antibiotics and be shown the door. It's essential that X-rays be performed in these dogs.

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