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My dog either ingested something or may have scratched the

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My name is***** dog either ingested something or may have scratched the back of his throat. He is breathing fine but is randomly hacking and producing a white flem.
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months ago.

Hello & welcome, Gail. I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your situation, and wanted to help.

Now based on your lad's signs, we do have a few concerns. Ingestion of something abrasive (even hard kibble going down wrong) can certainly cause the signs you are seeing. That said, we can also see this with brewing upper airway infections (ie Parainfluenza, Bordetella, etc). So, we need to tread with care.

Now if he has only just starting showing signs and they are mild, we can try to soothe his throat at this stage. To start, you can try a mild cough suppressant. Pet safe options we often use are Glycerin/honey cough syrup (with no drugs in it) or even plain honey. Both can be very soothing and can be given at a dose of 1-2 milliliter (~1/4-1/2 teaspoon) as needed.
Alternatively, we can use Robitussin DM. Of course, if you use this, we only want to use this one with Dextromethorphan +/- Guaifenesin. Avoid similar syrups with pet toxic drugs (ie Paracetamol, Acetaminophen, Pseudoephedrine, Phenylephrine or caffeine, etc). Dose-wise, you can give 1/2 (half) teaspoon per 10lbs of body weight every 8-12 hours. Again, these can reduce throat irritation and coughing for him. As well, if we are concerned about possible throat irritation, then do make sure to keep him on soft foods or soak his kibble before feeding.

So, we do have a few concerns for this coughing but if it has just started then we can try the above to soothe any benign irritation lurking. Of course, if he doesn't settle, then we'd want to have a check with his vet in case we need antibiotics to clear this for him.

Please take care,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months ago.

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