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If Barret is otherwise healthy and eating well, this is most likely a Tracheobronchitis or Kennel Cough. This is a very contagious disease that causes a hacking cough so much so that it appears as if they have something stuck in their throat like a cat with a hair ball. This is often contracted at a kennel, groomer, or vets office because this disease is air borne. Since this disease is air borne, your dog can pick this up anywhere although it is suspitious that Barret was recently at the vets where he could have easily picked this up. This coughing will also cause excessive salivation or drooling because of this irritation. Luckily, this is a self limiting disease that will eventually go away on its own. Give your sweet Barret 1 teaspoon of Robitussin DM per 20 pounds of his weight given every 8 hrs. This will calm down the cough so he is more comfortable. It is best to have your vet examine Barret to be sure there is not something else causing this such as an infection or heart disease. Because of his young age, this is unlikely. I am concerned since you say that Barret is not eating well and this is unusual for this condition....if this continues, have your vet examine him since this could also be caused by an abscessed tooth that would be painful to Barret.Does that make sense to you?
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HI Carla....vaccines are not 100% effective even if up to date, unfortunately. I have used the cough medicine for years without any problems and it is the same ingredient in prescription veterinary cough preparations so this should help Barrett. Good for you, Carla...if no response, have Barrett checked by your vet on Monday.