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Toy poodle hacking esp after drinking water, especially

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toy poodle hacking esp after drinking water
JA: I'm sorry that esp is feeling poorly. What is the matter with esp?
Customer: especially after drinking water, his name is ziggy
JA: Where does ziggy seem to hurt?
Customer: just hacking sometimes strong off an on during the day. and some at night like he is trying to throw up something
JA: Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did ziggy eat anything unusual?
Customer: not really
JA: OK. The Veterinarian will know what to do. How old is ziggy?
Customer: over 15
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about ziggy?
Customer: no he is happy and alert when we go out for walk
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Jess K replied 12 months ago.

Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am sorry to hear about Ziggy.

How long has the problem been going on for?

Has he been to the vet in the past year? Does he have any history of heart murmur?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Goes to Banfield pet hospital for annual check up no history of heart murmur
Hacking off and on over two weeks now,
Expert:  Jess K replied 12 months ago.


Because of his age and his breed, I would strongly recommend a visit to your vet's office.

There are several different things that can cause a hacking like you are describing. We can have something like a mild cold, we can have inflammation in the lungs of older dogs (chronic bronchitis) that is not related to an infection, we can have issues such as collapsing trachea where the windpipe becomes narrowed/irritated that can cause hacking, and in older toy breed dogs it is not uncommon to develop heart disease which can result in coughing. For this reason, in older dogs, it is important to have your vet listen to their heart and lungs when these symptoms arise, because the way that we treat all of these problems is different, so without doing a thorough exam, in an older dog such as yours, we can't truly give recommendations on appropriate treatment because the underlying cause can truly vary.

Expert:  Jess K replied 12 months ago.

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Expert:  Jess K replied 12 months ago.

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

Jess K