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Small 7 month old poodle sometimes coughing .... sounds like…

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Small 7 month old poodle sometimes coughing .... sounds like a goose honking

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?

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Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

How long has he had these signs?

Are his gums pink or pale/white?

Any nasal discharge? What color?

Can you take a breathing rate for me (just count his breaths for 10 seconds + multiply that by 6)?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
A couple weeks, he is also sneezing a little no discharge gums are pink , will be almost impossible for m
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Ok
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
He will not be still for me to count anything just wants to play
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Thank you,

Now you will want to keep an eye on Teek's breathing. If it is over 30 breaths per minute, we'd be concerned that it is laboured and want him seen. Though otherwise based on his signs, we do have a few concerns. Now goose honking coughs would raise concerns of a possible tracheitis, esophagitis (if he ate something that has irritated his throat), or a possible exposure to kennel cough or parainfluenza. And those last 2 are most likely given the time frame and sneezing.

Now that aside, since his signs are generally mild, I would just advise some supportive care to soothe his throat at this stage. If this has just been an irritation to his esophagus or if his immune system has any viral or bacterial agent well in hand; then this may be all we need to do. In regards ***** ***** care, we will want to put him on a soft diet for the next few days to avoid any further irritation. As well, to reduce and soothe this cough, you can try giving a mild cough suppressant. Commonly we will give a few millilitres of plain honey & glycerin cough syrup or plain honey. These can be given as often as needed. Alternatively, you could use Robitussin DM at a dose of 1 milligram per pound of body weight every 8 hours. Of course, do make sure to only use this and avoid any with pet toxic cold medications (ie acetaminophen, paracetamol, ibuprofen caffeine, alcohol, or pseudoephedrine) here.

Overall, coughing like this can be a sign of a range of issues. Still with his situation, the above would be our main concerns for Teek. So we can use the above just now since he is bright/active. Though if this cough persists past the weekend, then we'd want to consider a check up with your vet to confirm our suspicions and potentially have them dispense an antibiotic to help him clear this.

All the best,

Dr. B.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

You are very welcome, my dear.
Have a lovely day,
Dr. B.
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