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She's a 14 lb. Chihuahua/Poodle mix. Her cough comes and

Customer Question

She's a 14 lb. Chihuahua/Poodle mix. Her cough comes and goes. It sounds like a cat with a hair ball. Other than that she's eating great and all other functions are normal.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the Chihuahua's name?
Customer: Cookie
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the Chihuahua?
Customer: Spayed female. Her teeth arent great. That's about it.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
She's 10 years old. 14 lb. chihuahua poodle mix with a cough (sounds like a cat hairball cough) comes and goes. All other functions are normal.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I sent a short video of the cough (18 seconds) as a reply to your email. It won't let me attach it here.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
It sounds like the kennel cough video but she has no other symptoms. No loss of appetite, mucus, nothing.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

It might have gone to customer service. The fastest approach would be to upload to and share back the link.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

This sounds more like collapsing trachea to me. Also, how frequently does she scoot like she's doing at the beginning of the video? Is she on any medication at this time?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
She does that all the time. It's nearly a daily thing for the last 7 or 8 years. No, she isn't on any medication.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

It's very common for dogs to do this when they need their anal glands to be expressed. I would recommend taking her in monthly to have this done and see if it doesn't change how often she's scooting.

I would also talk to your vet about some chest x-rays to diagnose the cause of the coughing. Collapsing trachea is seldom cause for major concern but typically orally medications can reduce or eliminate the symptoms entirely. Other conditions like heart disease can also sound similar, so it's important that your vet rule this out to be sure there isn't reason for concern that needs to be addressed promptly. Since this has been a concern for quite some time, kennel cough seems rather unlikely. He cough is also non-productive where kennel cough is often productive.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Checking in. How is your companion doing today?