How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 29771
Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Michael Salkin is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Somewhat persistent cough followed by gagging, sometimes

Customer Question

Somewhat persistent cough followed by gagging, sometimes frothy discharge comes out happening for about 8 days now
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?
Customer: DeeDee
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about DeeDee?
Customer: not that I can think of. She's a bit overweight but very active, spends most of her days outside running around, chasing squirrels and moles and snakes. 9 year old Cairn Terrier
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm currently typing up my reply. Please be patient. This may take a few minutes.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with DeeDee. While any age dog can contract a simple respiratory infection such as infectious tracheobronchitis ("kennel cough"), in dogs of DeeDee's age, I also need to consider more serious interstitial lung diseases such as chronic sterile bronchitis, various types of pneumonias, and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis as well as cardiopulmonary disorders such as congestive heart failure and heartworm disease (unlikely because she's otherwise very active). DeeDee's vet will want to thorughly examine DeeDee including the very important thoracic (chest) X-rays indicated in such a patient. Treatment will then be predicated upon findings in DeeDee's exam.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.