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16 years old, dry cough and gaging like sometings in her…

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16 years old, dry...

16 years old, dry cough and gaging like sometings in her throat.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the jack's name and age?

Emma, 16 years old

Veterinarian's Assistant: How old is Emma?

16 years

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Emma?

Limps on her left rear sometimes

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I am sorry to hear about Emma's coughing. How long has she been doing this?

Is she eating normally? Any weight loss?

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

There are many reasons for a dog her age to be coughing like this. She may have an infection, and need antibiotics. She may have fluid in her lungs, or heart disease. She may have a "collapsing trachea" that has gotten worse with age. She may have bronchitis.

More rarely, she could have a parasitic infection like lungworm, or (has to be on the list at her age) cancer.

If you lift her lip to check her gums, do they look pink, not pale?

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

If she were mine, I would start by listening to her lungs with a stethoscope, taking her temperature (normal rectal temp is 101.5). If I heard fluid in her lungs, I would take a chest Xray.

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I hope you can see my responses! Please let me know when you do and what other questions I can answer.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Emma, eats good, she's lost most of her teeth, her gums look red
Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Good she is eating well, and not losing weight.

The best place to start to find out what is causing her cough would be an exam by a veterinarian to see if she has a fever, fluid in her lungs, or just needs a course of antibiotics.

You can give her Robitussin DM (no other Robitussin) at 1/4 teaspoon as needed, but it would be best to find the underlying cause of her coughing since she is older.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

How is Emma doing?

Please let me know if my answer was helpful, and if you have other questions.

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Dog Veterinarian: Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Rebecca
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