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yorkie: week old..developed a chronic cough in the last day..dry cough…

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I have a 15 week...
I have a 15 week old yorkie. She has developed a chronic cough in the last day.
Mostly a dry cough, sometimes not.
Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: brisadog,
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  1. Does she have any discharge from her eyes or nose?
  2. Has she been around other dogs at the groomer, daycare, puppy class, or dog park?
  3. Is she eating normally and acting normally otherwise?
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
She has no discharge from eyes or nose.
She has not been at a groomer, daycare, puppy class or dog park.
She is eating. But she does not have the usual energy.
Dog Veterinarian: brisadog,
 replied 8 years ago

Ok. Coughing can be caused by many different things including: infectious disease, heart disease, and structural problems (a collapsing trachea for example). In a puppy her age, it is most likely something infectious.

 

As long as she continues eating and is not too lethargic, I would feel comfortable waiting until Monday to visit her regular vet. I would start with a physical exam, careful listen to her lungs, and likely some antibiotics. If there were any abnormalities from her physical I may recommend some chest xrays.

 

Until then, do not walk her with a leash and collar - it is preferable to use a harness if you can. Try not to get her too worked up, this often induces a coughing fit. If it is dry where you are, you can also steam up a bathroom with a hot shower to help her moisten and expel any secretions in her respiratory tract.

 

I hope that helps!

 

Please let me know if you have any further questions. If you are satisfied with my answer, please click on the green Accept button. Positive feedback is always appreciated. Thanks!

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