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Dog has occasional dry cough. Like she has something in throat.

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Dog has occasional dry cough. Like she has something in throat. Started yesterday. What should I do?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
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When did this start?

How old is your dog?


Customer: replied 5 years ago.

started yesterday

about 8 yrs. old

golden retrever

Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Is there discharge from the nose?

A change in the sound of the bark?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

no discharge

does not bark

seems ok most of the time but then just coughs for several minutes. I have seen it happen 2x tonight and once yesterday. I am not here a lot of the time.

Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Based on your history, including age, common causes would include:

1) Kennel Cough

2) Pneumonia

Other causes are possible as well, but can not be ruled out based on history alone - such as heart disease..

With that said, if the signs persist or worsen, I would recommend a check-up with your veterinarian.

They may recommend x-rays to make sure there is no evidence of pneumonia and also to listen to the heart and look at the heart on the x-rays with the lungs.

If there is a concern for infection, antibiotics will likely be prescribed.

For congestion, many owners find humidification helpful. This is achieved with a children's / baby's humidifier for 10-15 minutes twice daily, or using the steam from a hot shower - this will allow humidification and help to moisten the airways for mucous breakdown and to improve congestion.

While Dextromethorphan (link here) can be used, pneumonia should be ruled out before this is used.

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