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My 13 yr old Westie has been coughing a lot at night,but

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my 13 yr old Westie has been coughing a lot at night,but otherwise he seems normal
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 10 months ago.

Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your pet today. Since I can’t physically exam your pet, I may need to respond with several follow up questions so I can best help you. Remember there is no limit on how many questions you can ask to in order to clarify any information I have provided regarding your pet. I just have a few initial questions to ask to gather some more information if you don’t mind? How long has the coughing been going on for? Is your Westie coughing anything up?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
about a month or it is productive & sounds very dry
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 10 months ago.

Okay thanks for the additional information. Has the coughing worsened during that month? Does he seem to do it when he is excited? A couple of things I would be concerned about in a coughing Westie. One thing would be a collapsing trachea, This is where the windpipe gets weakened and collapses on itself. This can happen in a lot of older dogs. Another issue I would be worried about is a possible heart condition. Heart disease can cause coughing due to an enlargement of the heart or if fluid starts to build up in the lungs

Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 10 months ago.

These conditions can be ruled out with a physical exam, also chest x-rays may be needed as well

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
this deal smells of a come on refund my money pls or if you prefer I can call my credit card co.
Expert:  Dr. Alleyne replied 10 months ago.

I am not sure what you mean by that but I will direct you to customer service so you can get a refund regardless