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He's coughing and hacking, like there's something caught.

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He's coughing and hacking...

He's coughing and hacking, like there's something caught. He's been eating. He only hacks when he gets excited. 95 lbs. 9 yr old yellow lab

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 dog's name and age?

Kirby.

Veterinarian's Assistant: How old is Kirby?

9 in May

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

Nothing that comes to mind. I'm going to call my vet in the morning.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Hello. My name is***** and I am a veterinarian that can answer your question. I understand Kirby is coughing and hacking. I am sorry to hear about what is happening. About how long of time lapses between coughing episodes? You also mentioned he only hacks when he gets excited. Does this also mean that he is only coughing when he is excited and this is not happening when he is resting?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
That's correct. He only hacks and coughs when he's excited.
He's resting right now, not hacking.
Dog Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Thank you for that information. The good news is this does not sound like something is stuck in the throat as would be expected if there was chronic coughing. Retching is also observed typically if something is stuck in the throat. The causes of a chronic cough associated with excitement may be allergen related or from bronchitis. A x-ray will help determine if bronchitis is present, but a trial with an antihistamine would benefit if it is caused by an allergen. A x-ray will also help to rule out a foreign body or mass that might be present. Benadryl can be useful for this. Kirby's Benadryl dose is 50 mg every 12 hours and you can use it as needed. If an over-the-counter cough medication is needed then Robitussin DM can be used.

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Dog Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Does that help to answer your question?

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Dog Veterinarian: Scott Perry, Dog Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Just checking in. How is Kirby doing?

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