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Michele McMurray, Rescue & Kennel Owner
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my dog coughs all the time we cant find out whats ...

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my dog coughs all the time we cant find out whats wrong with him can you tell me what it is
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.
HiCustomer

It is possible your dog my have caught kennel cough or possibly canine influenza. Kennel cough is normally contracted when a dog has been boarded or kenneled or around a large number of dogs such as at a dog show. Here is a website with more information on kennel cough. http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/kenc.html

Canine influenza is now becoming more prevalent and like it sounds it is a canine flu. Here is an excellent site on it.   
http://www.cvm.uiuc.edu/petcolumns/showarticle.cfm?id=475

You will want to monitor your dogs condition looking for a non clear discharge from the nose or eyes, a productive cough (coughs stuff up), stops eating or lethargy. These are signs of a possible bacterial infection as well and may require antibiotics to get cleared up. If your dog appears to be having a difficult time breathing, you will need to see your Vet as some dogs dog get really sick with canine influenza and need support to recover.

To help your dog breathe easier, Robitussin DM can be used to control the cough.Dosages can be obtained at this website. http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/dextromethorphan-robitussin-dm/page1.aspx
Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to Jane Lefler's Post: no we know its not k-9 influenza, that has already been ruled out by our vet.
Expert:  Michele McMurray replied 10 years ago.
Hi,

There are MANY reasons why dogs cough persistently. Some are easy to diagnose such as kennel cough and other reasons are not as obvious. Internal parasites, heart disease, heartworm disease, distemper, fungus diseases, tuberculosis, certain foods, allergies and pollutants such as cigarette smoke can all cause your fellow to cough. Some of this will need blood work to diagnose, other problems may require additional tests or exams as determined by your vet. Unfortunately, there is no simple diagnosis for a chronic problem like the one you are describing. It will take time and testing to discover what is causing the problem. i am sending you several sites that will discuss some of these problems in more detail and may give you a plce to begin with your vet.

http://www.deardoggy.com/dog_blog/canine-respiratory-disorders-coughing-snoring-and-voice-changing/

http://www.canismajor.com/dog/cough.html

http://www.avma.org/careforanimals/animatedjourneys/pethealth/canine.asp

http://www.homestead.com/bulldogsworld/allergies.html

I know this seems like a lot of reading but the more informed you are the better prepared you are for determining what to do from here.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you need additional information.