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My senior chihuahua has started a hacking cough and it's lasted

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all week. It comes and...
My senior chihuahua has started a hacking cough and it's lasted all week. It comes and goes and he has coughing fits which last for minutes at a time and it seems to get worse at night. He throws up water when he drinks, but he has an appetite and seems "normal" otherwise. He hasn't been around any other dogs and/or away from home for that matter. I'm hoping it'll pass, but worried it something serious.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Drew, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Drew, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
ANY senior-aged small-breed dog with a persistent cough, needs to be considered a potentially serious situation, as the likelihood of heart problems causing the cough, is quite high. Congestive heart failure is common in dogs matching this description, and if not identified and treated promptly, it is life threatening.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Drew, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Less-serious causes of such coughing, could include Chronic Bronchitis, which also is common in senior dogs, or other issues such as lung cancer, heartworm disease, other infectious issues (viral/bacterial), etc.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
What would an estimated vet visit cost to diagnose him?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Drew, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Well, you're looking at a minimum of an examination and chest x-rays, so you might expect that to cost $175-250, I'd estimate.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
And then treatment would be more correct?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Drew, Dog Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Correct, that cost would be the "minimum" diagnostics, not including any treatment or medicine.
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