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My dog has recently been coughing until a fag after he goes

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My dog has recently been coughing until a fag after he goes outside
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the dog?
Customer: He is coughing
JA: Coughing can be worrying. The Veterinarian will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Chico aged 2
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Chico?
Customer: Running until he coughs And gags
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 16 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 16 days ago.

1) What breed is Chico?
2) When did this begin?

3) 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

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
my dog has been coughing until a gag after he goes outside, the only other time he does this is when he runs for awhile or when he barks
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 16 days ago.

1) What breed is Chico?
2) When did this begin?

3) 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

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Chihuahua
Happened as a young puppy when he first started barking
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 16 days ago.

Were you able to view the video links?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
it mostly sounds like kennel cough and sometimes reverse sneezing until he gags
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 16 days ago.

If this has been a consistent issue since his youth, it's unlikely to be kennel cough but collapsing trachea and reverse sneezing are very common in chihuahuas. I would urge you to have him examined if this continues to be a regular issue for him as x-rays of his neck and chest may help your vet to determine if there is a treatable condition present which may help to keep the coughing from happening, or happening less often.

We do know that some reverse sneezing episodes have an allergic component and can be exacerbated by dogs exposed to environmental irritants they come in contact with. Some dogs respond well to regular antihistamine therapy and this is worthwhile to try on Chico, as its something you can do at home. Here is a full list of what OTC antihistamines can be used and their dosage. Be sure to give for 7-10 days regularly before judging how well it works for Chico. http://cheyennewest.com/antihistamines-for-dogs-cats/

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