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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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Coughing and wheezing especially at night, Ruby x 6 yes she

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Coughing and wheezing especially at night
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Veterinarian will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Ruby ***** ***** x 6 yes she sometimes brings up white sputum
JA: How old is Russell?
Customer: 6 yes old
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Russell?
Customer: She has developed a rash under both arm pits
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Such symptoms manifesting mostly at night suggest an allergic basis. Many pollens are at their highest concentration at night. The axillary (armpit) rashes might be considered another indication of allergy - atopy, an allergy to environmental allergens such as pollens, molds, dust, and dust mites. Jack Russels as a breed are overrepresented with atopy.

I would X-ray the chest of such a patient. I would expect to find evidence of a sterile bronchitis which would be consistent with allergy. There are many other possible causes of such a cough, however; hence, the need to X-ray in order to rule those causes out. Advanced heart disease and other pulmonary disorders including neoplasia (cancer) need to be considered in these patients. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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