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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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We have a Coton that will be 10 in June. last night she started

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We have a Coton that will be 10 in June. last night she started coughing really bad, a couple times she ran outside and through up a little foam. Like when she eats grass on occasion, this time she cant seem to get relief. If she cougjhs normally and chokes she is done, it seems like she is coughing and choking when she gets up. She walked withus last night no problem she drank water after walk she had a treat and ate half and hid the other and then went back in the night for the other half. When she got up this morning she started the hack again
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
While any age dog can contract a simple respiratory infection such as infectious tracheobronchitis which predisposes to a hacking, gagging, choking cough, our older dogs such as Cheeky are more at risk for advanced cardiopulmonary disorders such as congestive heart failure (particularly if Cheeky has a history of heart murmur), sterile bronchitis (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/COPD), or neoplasia (cancer) in the chest cavity. It would be prudent to have her vet auscultate (listen) and X-ray Cheeky's chest at your earliest convenience. It's often a mistake to simply send these patients home with antibiotics and hope that they remiss within 1-3 weeks from simple infections.Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about Cheeky. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin