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She is coughing and gagging at times. Breathing seem faster

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She is coughing and gagging at times. Breathing seem faster than normal. But she's eating drinking having normal out put. What could it be
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: Dixie she's 9yrs old
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Dixie?
Customer: She has dry skin scratches alot...she's been pretty healthy
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 9 months ago.

Hello,

Working on a response shortly.

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 9 months ago.

Common causes for coughing in dogs can include: A upper respiratory infection (bacterial and/or viral), Asthma, Bronchitis (caused by infection or allergies), Heart disease (an enlarged heart will apply pressure on the lungs), Pneumonia, and Heartworm disease

Giving a basic cough suppressant/expectorant can be okay, but must be used carefully. Some people will give it, see improvement, but the pet is not improving. It is simply covering up the symptoms.

To ease coughing, you can give Dextromethorphan, which can be found over-the-counter. However, many cough medications over-the-counter are combination products. So, if you grab a product like Robitussin, make sure it doesn’t have other ingredients like acetaminophen or caffeine. If it also contains Guaifenesin that is okay.
The dose is 0.25 to 0.5 mg per pound of body weight every 8 hours.
So, a 20 pound dog could get anywhere from 5mg to 10mg of dextromethorphan.

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=0+1303+1469&aid=1395

If at anytime your pet is panting heavily for hours, has difficulty breathing or excessive coughing, regardless of the cause, please contact an ER veterinarian immediately.

Hope that information helps

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 9 months ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. Andy