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Have recent rescue beagle, bad case of heartworms treated by

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have recent rescue beagle, bad case of heartworms treated by humane society and tested clear. firts 4-5 days nor coughing, now coughing is very frequent during day and much more harsh, scary during night. sometimes phlegm, mostly not but now coughs until she gags. vet gave cough med, xrays, water pill (she doesn't urinate any more tna vefore, and just atarted benazepril 5mg at night. want to keep this dog, but they are not getting a handle on this cough of about 2 1/2 weeks.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Joey replied 11 months ago.

Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 16 years of experience. I look forward to working with you.

I am so sorry to hear Ruby's cough is not going away. The question is if this is associated with the heartworms or not. What testing has been done by your vet so far (radiographs, tracheal wash, bronchoscopy, echocardiogram, lab work, etc)? This information can help us to narrow down what is going on and let me know what has been done. It can help me lend an opinion.

As well I need clarification on the "cleared of heart worms." Generally we do the treatment which is immiticide and then we cannot have a "clear test" until 5-6 months after this time, maybe 4 months at the earliest. So, was she clear on this retest? Or did she literally just have treatment within the past 8-12 weeks?