Cough like something stuck in throat. 6lb dog. Chihuahua. Breathing ok but acting scared. Eva. 1 1/2 yr old up on shots.

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Customer: Cough like something stuck in throat
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: 6lb dog. Chihuahua
JA: Is the dog able to breathe okay? When did this happen?
Customer: breathing ok but acting scared
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Eva
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: 1 1/2 yr old up on shots. I tried clearing throat but think whatever it is is to deep
Answered by KendallK79 in 14 mins 1 year ago
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Hello! This is Dr. Garrison. I am happy to assist you and your pet today! Please hold on one moment while I review the information.

Please be aware, although I am a licensed veterinarian, I am not your pet’s veterinarian and cannot examine your pet.  Therefore,  I cannot legally provide you with any specific veterinary medical advice such as diagnosis or prescribing medication. However, I can generally speak to help you understand resources that may help you and advise you to seek medical attention.

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Hi!  A deep/gagging/hacking cough in young dogs who are eating is likely related to an infectious tracheitis, or kennel cough, of which we are seeing A LOT of right now.  Has Eva been to the groomer, dog park, day care, etc where there would be contact with other dogs in the last few weeks?

Customer
No outside contact. The cough has stopped. She still has occasional episode of trying to clear her throat. She has calmed down but I'm holding her. My main concern is throat swelling since cough diminished
Customer
Are you still there

Is she having trouble breathing? Are her gums pink?

Customer
No respiratory distress now. Can hear air moving through her lungs. Gums pink. When I first contacted she was continually trying to clear her throat but is not now
Customer
She is out of distress now

Ok, so hopefully just a passing irritation/inflammation.  If she was having airway issues you would be noting trouble breathing by now

Customer
Maybe she cleared whatever it was.

Yes, just like us, dogs can occasionally have some coughing episodes to clear their airway

Customer
Thank you for being available.
Customer
She seems fine now

You are welcome!

Customer
Good bye

Have a good day!

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