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Hydrocodone is a cough suppressant, so in one way it does just treat the symptoms. However, coughing can become a "vicious cycle": the more you cough, the more the inflammation, the more you cough, so suppressing the cough so the inflammation can heal is useful.
An arrhythmia by itself would not cause a cough, but if the arrhythmia leads to diminished heart function, heart failure, and that leads to congestive heart disease (fluid in the lungs from heart function being decreased) that can cause coughing.
A chest Xray should show you if there is congestive heart disease.
I have many dogs on it for years if they need it.
It depends on what the underlying issue is. It would be best to find out what that is.
Hydrocodone is not listed as unsafe to give with Atopica or to give with caution.
I would continue to monitor the liver enzymes, just to be safe.
If it is kennel cough, hydrocodone would help with the cough but antibiotics may also be needed.
If it is congestive failure, I would expect the cough to get eventually worse even with hydrocodone.
You need Xrays not just a stethoscope to diagnose congestive heart disease.
It should not make a heart condition worse, but probably won't make it better.
Without knowing if there is a heart condition and what the condition is, it is hard to say at what rate it could become dangerous.
If the cough is due to inflammation, allergy, etc. it might go away with just a cough suppressant like hydrocodone.
Usually a cough with congestive heart disease sounds moist because it is due to fluid building up in the lungs.
Yes: allergies, collapsing trachea, bronchitis, infections other than kennel cough.
If it is congestive heart disease, the hydrocodone might control the cough initially, but not indefinitely. Coughing would be the main symptom in early stages.
It could start sounding dry, but a cough from congestive heart disease is a cough trying to bring up fluid in the lungs.
Coughing may not be serious, but it can be. I would consider a chest xray, if the coughing continues.
If it is a heart problem, being on hydrocodone should not make heart disease worse.
If there is heart disease, suppressing the cough will not make the underlying heart condition better, or worse. The heart condition will probably progress.
If you are worried, have a chest Xray to see if the heart is enlarged, if there is fluid in the lungs.
It might or might not. It depends on how severe and how advanced the heart disease is, what kind of heart disease, etc.
Long term hydrocodone should not be bad. I have had dogs on it for years.
That depends on the veterinarian. I would offer an Xray to most owners of a coughing dog, especially if the cough was persistent.
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Good the cough is getting better, thanks for the update.
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Heart worm does cause coughing, and hydrocodone would suppress such a cough. Heart worm seems unlikely in the state of Washington, but if you are worried then have a simple blood test done to find out.
Coughing is the main symptom with heartworm, then you may see weight loss. The blood test will tell you if this is heartworm
I can't say for sure he does not have heart issues, but it is a good sign his coughing has stopped.
The longer he goes without coughing the less likely that the cough was due to a heart problem. I can't say for certain he does not have heart disease without being able to listen to him with a stethoscope or see a chest Xray.
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