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He gags, Mr Pibbb 10, No he acts fine most of the time other

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He gags
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The veterinarian will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Mr Pibbb 10
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about Mr Pibbb?
Customer: No he acts fine most of the time other than that
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 9 months ago.

Hello and thank you for asking your question. My name is***** will try to help.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 9 months ago.

Can you tell more about the cough please?

1. When did it start?

2. Does he have any nasal drainage or sneezing?

3. Is he coughing up phlegm?

4. Is he having trouble breathing?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.

Ok

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 9 months ago.

Can you tell more about the cough please?

1. When did it start?

2. Does he have any nasal drainage or sneezing?

3. Is he coughing up phlegm?

4. Is he having trouble breathing?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.

He does it off and on...some times there's phlem...no trouble breathing . ..no drainage

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 9 months ago.

When did it start?

Is he on heartworm prevention?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.

Yes . .off and on a few months

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 9 months ago.

Ok if it has been a few months then he needs to have a chest x-ray done.

Heart disease can cause a chronic cough. If the heart does not pump blood out as it should the fluid backs up into the lungs and can cause a chronic cough. There are medications to remove fluid from the lungs and help the heart work more effectively.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 9 months ago.

He could also have chronic bronchitis which could be seen on the x-rays as well.

Sometimes dogs have tracheal collapse where the cartilage rings in the trachea collapse when the air pressure changes. That causes an intermittent cough.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 9 months ago.

You can try giving him plain Robitussin cough syrup with the active ingredient "dextromethorphan."

1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of dog every 6 hours as needed.

But I do thinks he should have a chest x-ray done to rule out heart, trachea, and lung issues.

Does that help? Do you have any additional questions?