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My dog Spitzoodle is coughing/licking at night (only) when

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Hi My dog Spitzoodle is coughing/licking at night (only) when lying down in middle of night. When I pat or massage her she stops. Only happening in middle of night.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  jadedangel57 replied 2 years ago.
Hi JaCustomer,
My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient.
How long has she been coughing for?
Is this in the evening when you are awake or is it waking you up at night?
Are you reassuring her when this happens?
Where does she sleep?
Is she in that place at other times?
Is she coughing and licking?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
How long has she been coughing for?Only (3) nights, has stopped over last two nightsIs this in the evening when you are awake or is it waking you up at night?When we are asleep, wakes me or wife upAre you reassuring her when this happens?Pat her and calm her down and it stopsWhere does she sleep?On our bed at nightIs she in that place at other times?Sometimes, throughout the day
Expert:  jadedangel57 replied 2 years ago.
Dogs cough for various reasons including upper respiratory illnesses such as kennel cough and canine influenza as well as bronchitis and inhaled allergies. Heart and lung issues can cause coughing and collapsing trachea is also a possible cause. Let me give you some sites to discuss some of the causes which may allow you to rule those out.
You can read about bronchitis below.
You don't indicate nasal discharge or sneezing so it probably is not allergies but you can read about them here just in case she is allergic to something like laundry detergent on the sheets. If this is the case, Benadryl can be given to your dog, the dose is up to 2mg per pound every 8 hours.
You can read about these here.
Kennel cough is normally contracted when a dog has been boarded or kenneled or around a large number of dogs such as at a dog show, dog park or pet store. Here is a website with more information on kennel cough.
Canine influenza is now becoming more prevalent and like it sounds it is a canine flu. Here is an excellent site on it.
Both of these are unlikely since it only happens at night. But a heart or lung issue is a possibility since she may be putting more pressure on the chest area when sleeping at night which is leading to the cough.
Your dog could have a collapsing trachea. Here is a site on rcollapsing tracheas.
Sometimes the way a dog lays can lead to the tracheal collapse and coughing results. My suggestion would be to have her checked over by your vet. In the meantime, stroking the throat can help in cases of tracheal collapse. I'd also try not to reassure her. It can encourage a dog to repeat behavior that gets it attention.
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you need more information or clarification, please reply and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are satisfied, please take the opportunity to rate.