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He has a weird cough and seems short of breath, Sonny 13…

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He has a weird...

He has a weird cough and seems short of breath

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?

Sonny 13 years

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Sonny?

He was just at a pet boarding place during the recent hurricane in florida

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

By the principle of Occam's Razor, Sonny contracted the infectious tracheobronchitis complex ("kennel cough") while boarding. In most cases, these dogs will normalize within 1-3 weeks unaided but because Sonny is elderly, I want you to have his vet attend to him.

While any age dog can cough due to a simple respiratory infection such as infectious tracheobronchitis, I need to consider more dire causes of coughing in an 13 year such as congestive heart failure, chronic sterile bronchitis, pneumonia, heartworm disease, and neoplasia (cancer) in the chest cavity. I wouldn't hesitate to have his vet carefully auscultate (listen to) and X-ray Sonny's chest at your earliest convenience. I find that sending these older coughing dogs home with an antibiotic instead of promptly X-raying them is a mistake too often made by veterinarians. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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