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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dog has a bad cough. She was on cough tablets and

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My dog has a bad cough. She was on cough tablets and antibiotics. It got better. But, last night she coughed all night and I can now hear fluid in her breathing. The vet said her trachea was collapsed, bit now the fluid sound
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your dog. How old and which breed is she, please? Have X-rays been taken which determined that she suffers from a collapsed trachea?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She is almost 12...yes on the x-rays
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

Thank you for the additional information. I don't like hearing of the fluid sound which suggests a productive cough but her tracheal collapse (which is often associated with large airway disease in her lungfields as well) will make her unable to expectorate efficiently. These patients suffer from secondary bacterial infections (pneumonia, pleuritis) and require lengthy administration of systemic antibiotics. The antibiotic she had previously been administered may still be appropriate but culturing of her throat should be considered at this time in an attempt to clarify which bacteria are present and which antibiotic would be the best to administer for 2-4 weeks or longer predicated upon repeat X-rays. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.