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He has hacking cough...

He has hacking cough trying to dispel something, but nothing comes out

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?

Sparky 6 yrs. he's a small terrier mix

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

He was fixed last year & gained a lot of weight

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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9/27/2017
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

Hello, again, I will do my best to help you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How long has this been going on?

2- Any pre existing medical conditions?

3- Is he lethargic?

4- Any other symptoms?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
All day 9/27/2017, and he did eat this morning. He has slept alot, but went outside a couple times. Otherwise he is okay.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer. Thank you.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Peter, Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

Friend, when a dog is hacking/coughing this can be caused by many different medical conditions. I will not be able to pinpoint the exact underlying cause without a hands-on examination. But, common causes are an upper respiratory infection, collapsing trachea, heart or lung disease, etc. to name a few causes.

In this case, I would recommend a hands-on examination with your vet to auscultate his heart and lungs. In the meantime, you can start him on Robitussin DM (cough) 1/2 teaspoon every 6-8 hours. You can buy Robitussin DM (cough) over the counter in any pharmacy. Do not buy sugar-free.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service. If you have any follow-up questions don't hesitate to ask. If finished, please take a moment to rate my service. See you again soon!

Dr. Peter

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