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Coughing in dogs can be of varying origins. It can be from the lungs and airways or secondary to some disease of the heart. When we think about the airways we worry about foreign material being breathed in, infections, parasites, and cancers, among others. There is not a way to tell what has caused the cough without examining the patient and some coughs are more life threatening than others. Has Buddy had any previous illnesses with his heart that I need to know about?
Infections are more likely when dogs are active in the community (i.e dog parks, boarding, grooming), other causes are likely when you are examining an older patient. Right now make sure that Buddy has pink gums. If they are discolored at all, please seek immediate veterinary attention. Seek veterinary attention tonight if you are worried about what is going on with him. I hope this helps. I am sorry I am unable to provide any treatment options or dosages in this modality due to not having an exam on your pet.