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Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am sorry to hear about Bubba. Did the vet give you any medications to help with the cough or to try out?
The concern here with your dog really is if we are dealing with cough due to heart disease or something else. Did they take an x-ray? Would you be able to afford an x-ray to start out with? These are diseases that are all treated differently, so with the presence of a heart murmur it is very hard to tell where to begin without taking an x-ray first.
It looks like there is an ASPCA that has a low cost veterinary services in phoenix. Here is their website: https://aawl.org/veterinary-services. I would call them and see if they can do the x-rays at a lower cost for you. It is hard because unfortunately veterinary offices are small businesses, so for a private practice, it is tough to offer things low cost (or we will go out of business). Sometimes there are shelters that are able to offer things at lower cost though, so I would call them and see if they can do it or know of a lower cost clinic in the area. Some places will let you set up a payment plan if you cannot pay up front as well, if you explain the situation.
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You can also discuss with the vet who ends up taking an x-ray whether or not generic prescriptions are available for whatever problem your dog ends up having. Sometimes we can write out a prescription that you can take to a human pharmacy which can be cheaper if a generic version of the drug is available, so definitely inquire about this. Unfortunately, without knowing the underlying cause, there isn't an over the counter medication I can recommend because we may not want to stop the coughing if we have certain diseases.