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My 3 yr old lab is having bouts of coughing, he is also

My 3 yr old...

My 3 yr old lab is having bouts of coughing, he is also gagging and has brought up small amounts of food on 3 ocassion. These spells are occuring while at rest and seem to be more frequent in the evening and night time.

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 lab's name and age?

Sheldon, he is 3 1/2 yrs, good health typically, no weight issues. We have been dealing with allergies and just finished a round of Apoquel

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the lab's name?

Sheldon

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Dr. Rachel
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Welcome to JustAnswer.com! My name is***** and I have been a licensed veterinarian for 10 years. I would be happy to answer your question. I'm sorry to hear that Sheldon has been coughing and gagging. One cause of coughing at rest and more during the night is congestive heart failure. Being a young dog, hopefully this is not the case with Sheldon. Lung/airway disease can also be a cause of coughing and gagging. I wonder whether the coughing could be related to Sheldon's allergies. Has the Apoquel been helping?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
When we went in for the allergies and received the Apoquel, the Dr. gave him a brief exam, no issues other than the allergies, his heart sounded good. The Apoquel helped considerably with the itching and the little bumps he was developing along his back. I have noticed that the bumps are back since he stopped the Apoquel
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I did give him 2 1/2 benedryl tablets this evening with his dinner, but I haven't noticed any improvement. Sheldon weighs 70 lbs

For his weight, I recommend giving 4 tablets of the 25 mg Benadryl tablets.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Is there more I can do to help him rest through the night? Would Delsym be helpful?

Yes, that might helpful. Do you have the liquid or capsules?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I have liquid, but I don't know the dosage for dogs

His dose is 2 teaspoons.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Ok, is it fine to give with the Benadryl in his system?

Yes.

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