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Jimmy 6 1/2 yr old yorkie started a deep cough ending with a

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Hi, Jimmy 6 1/2 yr old yorkie started a deep cough ending with a sneeze, not constant, but about 2 min after eating
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?
Customer: jimmy
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about jimmy?
Customer: He is still begging for treats, and running, alert, started the, milder fri, less frequent, and only twice today, not as deep as thu today
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Jimmy. Such post-prandial (after eating) coughing suggests both esophageal and pharyngeal dysfunction. Sneezing suggests that food that wasn't swallowed efficiently was kicked back up into Jimmy's nasopharynx where it irritated the mucous membranes in that area. This may be transient as might be seen with a simple respiratory infection or persist in cases in which neuromuscular disease exists such as with an acquired megaesophagus or myasthenia gravis. If he appears to be improving nothing more needs to be done. If he doesn't continue to improve or, indeed, worsens, his vet will need to attend to him. Scoping of the back of his throat, X-rays of his esophagus, and testing for myasthenia gravis would be considered.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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