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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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Our dog woke up with a "croopy" cough' this am. He is old

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Our dog woke up with a "croopy" cough' this am. He is old but is still very active. He eats well and seems to be relatively healthy. hasn't been around other dogs…..
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Don't hesitate to have a coughing 12 year old's chest auscultated (listened to) by his vet who is also likely to recommend chest X-rays. While any age dog can contract a simple respiratory infection such as infectious tracheobronchitis (kennel cough), our elderly dogs are most likely to cough secondary to advanced cardiopulmonary disease - congestive heart failure and chronic sterile bronchitis, e.g. After 43+ years of practice, I've learned not to be cavalier with these dogs. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Irma,
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