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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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Somewhat persistent cough followed by gagging, sometimes

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Somewhat persistent cough followed by gagging, sometimes frothy discharge comes out happening for about 8 days now
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Veterinarian will know what you should do. What is the dog's name?
Customer: DeeDee
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about DeeDee?
Customer: not that I can think of. She's a bit overweight but very active, spends most of her days outside running around, chasing squirrels and moles and snakes. 9 year old Cairn Terrier
Submitted: 9 days ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 days ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with DeeDee. While any age dog can contract a simple respiratory infection such as infectious tracheobronchitis ("kennel cough"), in dogs of DeeDee's age, I also need to consider more serious interstitial lung diseases such as chronic sterile bronchitis, various types of pneumonias, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis as well as cardiopulmonary disorders such as congestive heart failure and heartworm disease (unlikely because she's otherwise very active). DeeDee's vet will want to thorughly examine DeeDee including the very important thoracic (chest) X-rays indicated in such a patient. Treatment will then be predicated upon findings in DeeDee's exam.

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