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My dog is coughing and hacking foam

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my dog is coughing and hacking white foam
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 1 year ago.

Hi this is Dr. Gabby. When did Snow Ball start coughing up white foam? Does he have any nasal drainage or sneezing? Is he having any trouble breathing? Is he still eating and playful?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
He's still playful and eating normally. His breathing is good.
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 1 year ago.

Thank you, ***** ***** many days has it been going on? How much does he weigh?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Started coughing and hacking last night.
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 1 year ago.

OK thank you,

The most likely cause is "kennel cough" or "infectious tracheobronchitis" It cause inflammation in the trachea and bronchiole tract. It is usually caused by a virus.

Normally it resolves in 7-10 days.

You can give plain Robitussin cough syrup for the cough. 1 teaspoon, per 10 pounds, every 6 hours as needed.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 1 year ago.

Keep a humidifier in his room. When you take a shower bring him into the bathroom and steam out his respiratory tract.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 1 year ago.

Signs he needs to see the vet are:

Trouble breathing or getting oxygen

Abnormal gum color

Refusal to eat or drink for more than 12 hours

Unable to sleep due to coughing

Vomiting up what he eats due to coughing

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 1 year ago.

Does that help? Do you have any additional questions?

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Snow Ball. How is everything going?
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