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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
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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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