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My dog has all of the symptoms of kennel cough but it has

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My dog has all of the symptoms of kennel cough but it has been 3 months. He seems to be getting worse. I am low on funds and don't know what I can do.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.

Hi there. My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help you with your question today. Just like an in person consult, I have some questions of my own to ensure I give enough information to give you the best advice possible for you and Apollo.

Can you explain his symptoms to me?
Does he have any other underlying health issues you're aware of?

Is he on any medications?

Does his cough look like either of these videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WThsZp6ymvo&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdnGNClqdX0

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He sound like he will throw up but then doesn't and he seems to have a lot of snot. Snot is showing clear that I can see. Then he coughs something up swallows it and it's over. More frequent now.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The first video collapse trachea looks more like his symptoms.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No injuries no medications
Expert:  Lisa replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.

Obviously it's hard to know for sure what's going on, however, if it looks more like the first clip, then it could very well be that she's got something called tracheal collapse...which is actually pretty common in small dogs. I have a maltese cross who has it and has an attack a couple times a week for years with no problems.

This can be a chronic, degenerative issue that could impact the health of the dog. You can find more information on this particular issue here( and although this is an article about small breeds, there are large breeds with this issue as well): http://www.toybreeds.com/health.htm

The other thing I was thinking was the possibility of this being some kind of cardiac cough. Dogs get congestive heart failure (also known as CHF) just like humans. This is when the heart doesn't pump as effectively as it should, which causes fluid to build up in the lungs, making the dog cough. Since you said it looks like the first video, I feel pretty confident that it's not CHF, but it bears mentioning anyway...just to be safe.

Tracheal collapse is normally treated with a cough suppressant and steroids, and sometimes the vet will opt to do nothing unless it starts having an impact on the health of the dog.

There's another good site that goes over treatment options here:

http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=1527

I understand that you(like so many other people) are in a hard financial spot right now. There are some organizations that might be able to help. If you'll follow these links: http://www.speakingforspot.com/helppayingforveterinarycare.html , http://www.theamericandogmag.com/non-profit/resources-veterinary-bills-financial-assistance, you'll find dozens and dozens of organizations that may be able to help pay for you to take your dog to the vet. Also, there are some clinics who offer free exams and other treatments and require that you only pay for medications. If you'll follow this link: http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/offer , you can see if there is one in your area.

I hope this helps!!

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