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Robitussin DM for dry non-productive cough. Susi coughing

incessantly for hours. In RV...
Robitussin DM for dry non-productive cough. Susi coughing incessantly for hours. In RV not close to anything for at least 7 hours. Can she have this?
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Dr. Michael Salkin
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It's best that you avoid the dextromethorphan (DM) in that product. It's no longer recommended for dogs due to lack of efficacy and toxicity in the higher dosing range. You're likely to see a better response to a teaspoon of honey every few hours. As you're likely to be aware, such coughing can not only represent an allergic bronchitis ("asthma") in dogs but also congestive heart failure. I understand your logistical constraints but I would try to have Susi's chest auscultated (listened to) and X-rayed if that hasn't been done recently. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Susi has had two separate veterinary chest x-rays within the the past 3 months. Both vets disgnosed her with asthma. One vet is in San Fairview and us out of town. He prescribed hydrocodone syrup, but we’ve run out. I do have some honey. Should I dilute it it or warm it?
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Sorry for typos- should read “San Diego and is out of town.”

Thank you for the additional information. No, the honey need not be diluted or warmed. Curiously, I'm in Chula Vista. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I thought I recognized your name. I’m a Periodontist. I just retired- my practice was in Hillcrest. Practiced with my Dad until his death the on my own (Dad ‘s name was Daniel A Grant). Did you know John Chase DVM?

That's a very familiar name but I can't place the face. I'm back in the area after being away for 32 years. I opened up Scripps Ranch Veterinary Hospital in 1978 and left in 1985. I thought I retired too...until I got this gig and now work more hours daily than I ever had.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I’m not doing retirement very well either �� It’s a “work” in progress. We’re headed for San Antonio about 30 miles north in Hill Country. Know any good vets in the area?

Regretfully, no. I've spent some time in San Antonio but it's been long ago and I don't know anybody there anymore. Mea culpa.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I have an avocation that has provided some wonderful new associations with vets- do you know Pat Melese ( boarded in vet behavior). I’ve been implementing behavior treatment plans for his clients in support of his care. I’m a trainer.
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Thank you for your time, expertise and kindness. It’s been a treat texting with you!
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No, Dani, I'm not familiar with Pat. I've become quite a curmudgeonly recluse lately! You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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