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I have a 4 year old italian greyhound who yesterday started

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I have a 4 year old italian greyhound who yesterday started with what sounds like a smokers cough and keeps hacking up clear liquid. his appetite and energy levels are normal... any ideas??
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Brian replied 5 years ago.

Dr. Brian :

Hi and welcome to Just Answer. I am a licensed veterinarian and will do my best to help you.

Dr. Brian :

Has he been anywhere unusual recently- groomer, dog park, kennel?

Dr. Brian :

How much is he coughing- constantly, frequently, occasionally, rarely?

Customer:

we went on a hike yesterday

Customer:

its occasionally but persists when it happens

Dr. Brian :

Does the cough mostly occur when he is active, excited or when he first gets up?

Customer:

first gets up

Customer:

from laying down

Dr. Brian :

Is there any colored discharge from his nose? or is it clear?

Customer:

no discharge

Customer:

just clear sputum when he hacks for a few

Customer:

but not everytime

Dr. Brian :

Most likely this is tracheobronchitis, a highly contagious respiratory disease of dog spread by coughing. Usually they feel good, eat normally but cough when they exercise, are excited or first thing in the morning when they get up.

Customer:

hes still out playing with my other dog

Customer:

so a vet trip?

Dr. Brian :

Treatment is supportive, we may use cough suppressants like Robitussin DM, keep him quiet and mostly wait it out. If he develops a colored nasal discharge, has a reduced appetite or is coughing alot your vet will need to help you with needed medications to reduce the severity of the disease.

Customer:

how long should i give it roughly

Dr. Brian :

These cases frequently will persist for 2-4 weeks, with the cough getting less frequent but still coughing hard when it occurs. Also watch your other dog for signs as it is contagious.

Customer:

ok thank you

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Expert:  Dr. Brian replied 5 years ago.
Thanks for the accept and best wishes.