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MY DOG IS COUGHING OR DRY HEAVING LIKE SHE IS TRYING TO ...

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MY DOG IS COUGHING OR DRY HEAVING LIKE SHE IS TRYING TO THROW SOMETHING UP. SHE IS DOING IT MORE OFTEN NOW, WHAT WOULD CAUSE THIS?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.
HiCustomer

She could be doing what is called a reverse sneeze or a collapsing trachea. Here is a site on reverse sneezes and one on collapsing tracheas.
http://www.beaglebuddies.com/misc/reverse.html
http://www.missionmedvet.com/encyclopedia/tracheal_collapse.htm

However, she may be coughing which could be a sign of kennel cough or canine influenza. If your dog is not on heartworm preventative, it could also signal heartworms.

Kennel cough is normally contracted when a dog has been boarded or kenneled or around a large numbers of dogs such as at a dog shows. 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 colored 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 my require antibiotics. 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 you can run a NON-medicated humidifier in the room your dog is in, or sit in a steamed up bathroom with your dog to help keep the mucous moving. Robitussin DM at a 1/4 teaspoon per 5 pounds 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

If your dog has not had all its vaccinations I urge you to have your dog seen as soon as possible.

The following site goes over canine coughs.
http://www.canismajor.com/dog/cough.html

I hope you find this information helpful.
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Customer: replied 10 years ago.
SHE IS 1 1/2 HAS HAD ALL OF HER SHOTS SHE JUST STARTED HEART WORM PREVENTATIVE FOR THE SUMMER, NO OTHER DOGS IN THE HOUSE, NO DISCHARGE OR DECREASED APPETITE. COUGH SEEMS TO GET WORSE WHEN SHE GETS EXCITED BUT AT TIMES SHE CAN BE ASLEEP AND START THE COUGHING?
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 10 years ago.
Emt,

A cough can be due to any heart condition or a lung problem and even parasites as well. This may be something you want to have checked by your vet. An upper respiratory infection can be caught by casual contact with an infected dog or an item that was recently in contact with an infected dog. At this point, you are the only one who can accurately judge how bad this is and how sick she is. From your description, it doesn't sound too bad yet. You may want to try the humidifier and cough medication and see if there is improvement. Kennel cough lasts about 3 weeks. If you notice additional symptoms then you will definitely want to have her seen.

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