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My dog has been coughing this loud, croupy type of cough ...

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My dog has been coughing this loud, croupy type of cough for a couple months. Now it has worsened. It's very loud, it terminates in gagging or retching. He does not sound congested. When he's still, napping or laying down, he doesn't cough, only once he moves, and not just exertion, any movement. His appetite remains very good as well. Our vet is baffled. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 7 years ago.
Hi Kayte,
Has your dog been tested for heartworms?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Reply to Jane Lefler's Post: I don't believe he has ben tested for heartworms.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 7 years ago.
Kayte,

Several things can cause a cough including upper respiratory infection, kennel cough, canine influenza, and heartworms.

Since your dog hasn't been tested for heartworms, I'd get him tested immediately so treatment can begin if he does have them. Heartworms can be treated easier the earlier they are diagnosed.

You can read about heartworms here:
http://www.ask-the-vet.com/dog-heartworm.htm

Kennel cough and Canine influenza also cause a cough and should be investigated as well.
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

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

As this has been going on several months, I believe another Vet visit is in order.

Hope this information helps.

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