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My dog is coughing, She never leaves the house so I don't

Customer Question

My dog is coughing
JA: Coughing can be worrying. The veterinarian will know what you should do.
Customer: She never leaves the house so I don't think it could be kennel cough
JA: Have there been any changes in the dog's appearance or diet?
Customer: She looks a bit sad at times and then acts totally normal the rest of the time. She's very active. She is a Carolina Dog
JA: Is there anything else you think the vet should know?
Customer: She tends to eat "nuts" that fall from our trees in the back yard
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

Hello! My name is ***** ***** it will be my pleasure to help you with your dog today.

Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

How long has she been coughing?

What state do you live in?

How old is she?

Do you know what kind of nuts they are on the tree?

When was the last time she was checked by her vet?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
4 days
It's a Live Oak tree
a month ago
Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

And I assume she's been tested for heartworms?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
We think she is 4. She is a rescue. She is a medium sized dog
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
when we first got her
Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

Great....just one more question....

Does what she's doing look anything like either one of these:

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
The dog in the second video looks exactly like my dog!She is making signs more like the 1st video. It's a high pitched coughing, gagging and then she acts like she is going to throw up.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I have a video of it
Expert:  Lisa replied 10 months ago.

Thanks for answering my questions. I really appreciate the additional information.

Obviously it's hard to know for sure what's going on, however, if it looks more like the first clip, then it could very well be that she's got something called tracheal collapse...which is actually pretty common in dogs. I have a maltese cross who has it and has an attack a couple times a week for years with no problems.

This can be a chronic, degenerative issue that could impact the health of the dog. You can find more information on this particular issue here( and although this is an article about small breeds, there are large breeds with this issue as well):

The other thing I was thinking was the possibility of this being some kind of cardiac cough since we don't really know anything about her history. Dogs get congestive heart failure (also known as CHF) just like humans. This is when the heart doesn't pump as effectively as it should, which causes fluid to build up in the lungs, making the dog cough. Since you said it looks like the first video, I feel pretty confident that it's not CHF, but it bears mentioning anyway...just to be safe.

Tracheal collapse is normally treated with a cough suppressant and steroids, and although I understand there are no vets in your area, it's not a bad idea to find one somewhere nearby.

There's another good site that goes over treatment options here:

I hope this helps!!