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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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She appears to be attempting to cough something up, but its

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she appears to be attempting to cough something up, but its been abut a day and its continuing
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Veterinarian will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: maggie and I think 7
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Maggie?
Customer: not really
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Coughing is an important symptom but it's not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one particular disorder. Infectious tracheobronchitis ("kennel cough") should be considered if Maggie associated with other dogs 3-10 days ago - in a kennel, groomer, or dog park, e.g. Kennel cough should abate unaided within 1-3 weeks. A foreign body lodged in her throat such as a plant awn (foxtail, e.g.) is an important consideration if Maggie has a habit of chewing on plants outside. More serious disorders that result in coughing include advanced cardiopulmonary diseases such as congestive heart failure, sterile chronic bronchitis (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/COPD), and neoplasia (cancer) in the upper respiratory tract or chest cavity. Laryngeal paralysis should be a consideration in large breed dogs - particularly Labs.

In summary, a simple infection should abate as I mentioned. If my patient isn't significantly improved within a week, I want to carefully auscultate (listen to) and X-ray her heart and lungs. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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