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PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse
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Experience:  15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
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She is coughing on occasion and het breath is awful. Still

Customer Question

She is coughing on occasion and het breath is awful. Still eats her good without problem, just doesnt drink as much water as I would expect but still drinks it often
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Kaiah 10 yr old At Bernard
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: St Bernard Kaiah
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: I think she may have a infected anal gland? It stunk for a few days then went away now stinks a bit
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Can you share a video of the coughing? If not, does it look and sound like any of these?

Cardiac cough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv02RYW2TfY

Kennel cough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZusGtj3NxcU

Collapsing trachea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=042OsjZ5Hvs

Reverse sneezing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UyBrb0Hhpk

Laryngeal paralysis: http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_m3G1NsJNI

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Actually None any of them. She usually makes this noise when she is thirsty and doesn't have access to water, like when we are in the car.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Can you share a video of the episodes? That will help me to know what you're seeing.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
The Larnyal one didn't play. If I had the money for a phone call I would have just taken my dog to the actual vet here
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Can you share a video of the episodes? That will help me to know what you're seeing.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
My phone's camera isn't working and the couch is usually very spread out. Not consistent but enough I noticed it
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Here's the link again for the laryngeal paralysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_m3G1NsJNI

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I will try. But it happens only 1 - 2 times an hour
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Thank you. I will keep an eye out.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Any ideas as of now, like what it could be with that smell? She usually has bad breath since her teeth aren't great but it has kicked up a bitch the last few days
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

At her age, underlying medical conditions such as liver disease, kidney disease, GI concerns, etc. can cause bad breath. That said, we can also see respiratory concerns that can be linked to coughing and to halitosis. She may also have developed worsening periodontal disease, such as an abscess. These two symptoms do not have to be linked to occur at the same time.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
She hasn't coughed again yet. She eats her foods normal and eats treats. knew this was gonna lead to me having to just go to a regular vet anyway.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Alas, not being able to see what you're seeing makes it very difficult to tell you what you're witnessing at home. With more info, I may be able to offer more help. Kaiah is a senior giant breed dog and there are many things that cannot be treated at home, I'm afraid.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
PitRottMommy
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Hello,She isnt coughing very much, but her breath is awful, thinking maybe jts? Was wondering if an infection the anal gland would makes her breath stink like that?
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

I would not anticipate her anal glands causing her breath to smell poorly. We often associate this with periodontal disease, organ dysfunction (kidney disease, liver disease), diabetes, etc.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 2 months ago.

Checking in. How is your companion today?