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How do I treat my siberian husky's cough?

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How do I treat my siberian husky's cough?
Submitted: 15 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 15 days ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 15 days ago.

The coughing that you're hearing, does it look and sound like any of these?

Cardiac cough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv02RYW2TfY

Kennel cough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZusGtj3NxcU

Collapsing trachea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=042OsjZ5Hvs

Reverse sneezing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UyBrb0Hhpk

Laryngeal paralysis: http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=075DT9lUWOk

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 15 days ago.

Also, how long has this cough been present?

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
It sounds most similar to kennel cough and it has come and gone in spurts it seems like for the last year. When it is bad for a day or two we usually give her mucinex but I am concerned it is something bigger. Breathing just sounds raspy and uncomfortable and her nose even seems runny.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 15 days ago.

Have you had any diagnostics performed, like chest x-rays? Kennel cough should not last that long.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
No, it never seemed like a severe enough cough and she acts normal but the fact that its bothered her so long is concerning.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 15 days ago.

Low grade coughing can still be as major as a short-term cough that's debilitating. I would urge you to have some diagnostics run since it's lasted this long. Your vet will likely want to do chest x-rays and place her on a course of antibiotics to be sure that if it's bacterial that it's been addressed. Especially if you are in an area that is prone to heart worms, your vet may recommend some blood work, as well.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
She has done some reverse sneezing and when she sleeps it sounds like her nose is stuffy, if that helps.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 15 days ago.

I can give you some suggestions on antibiotics, but I would still recommend having some diagnostics performed. This will help if her symptoms are related to allergies.

My favorite is Zyrtec and it's available OTC. http://cheyennewest.com/antihistamines-for-dogs-cats/