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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have a ten year old Samoyed on thyroid meds that has a worsening

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I have a ten year old Samoyed on thyroid meds that has a worsening coughing problem. Are there any ideas beside the humidifier we now run for her ? Rich in Wis.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Rich, any age dog can contract a simple respiratory infection resulting in coughing such as infectious tracheobronchitis ("kennel cough"). Ten year olds might do so as well but I also have to consider at that advanced age that your Samoyed has developed cardiopulmonary disorders not often seen in much younger dogs - heart failure due to heartworm disease, cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), or myxomatous valve disease ("leaky heart valves"), chronic sterile bronchitis (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/COPD), and neoplasia (cancer) in the chest cavity. X-rays of her heart and lungs are essential particularly if she's been coughing for more than a couple of weeks. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.