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Hacking gagging and dumpster smelling breath

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Hacking gagging and dumpster smelling breath
Submitted: 5 months ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 5 months ago
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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 5 months ago

Good evening, Diana. Has the hacking/gagging worsened recently? Are you seeing vomiting motions with food or fluid coming up or just coughing?

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsv5o3pP00E

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
She is mostly doing it in the evening and night. It sounds sort of like kennel cough. I thought dogs get that from vet or kennel stay
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
She actually ends up sounding like and acting like she’s got something caught in her throat. It is getting worse.
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 5 months ago

It is typically something that dogs pick up in high-volume places, so this could happen if Diamond has been in recently for a vet visit, boarding, grooming or even to a dog park or day care in the last 21 days. This can also occur if dogs in the neighborhood or apartment building are transmissible.

Most kennel cough cases are viral, but secondary bacterial bronchopneumonia can develop and become a major health hazard for dogs. In some more severe cases, hospitalization may be needed. I would recommend an exam and having your vet start your companion on antibiotics to prevent more problems in the near future. As far as calming the coughing, for the time being you can use robitussin at the following dosage so long as no other medications are being given: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=26+1303&aid=1395 Every vet has a different kennel cough treatment protocol and may ask you to either continue or discontinue the robitussin once examined.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
She had a loose tooth pulled a couple weeks ago and was given antibiotic. Her teeth are very bad condition as far as plaque. The other dogs are hacking too but not as bad as Diamond.
Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 5 months ago

It's possible that she picked it up at the vet clinic and Diamond has now passed it along to the other dogs. Chances are strong that she ran out of antibiotics before she was showing signs of kennel cough. She and the other dogs should have a course of antibiotics for this particular concern. The robitussin can be used for all the dogs.

I would talk to your doctor about a full dental cleaning for Diamond. She shouldn't have just had a tooth pulled if her teeth are that bad. I'd also look at water additive to help with the foul breath she has: http://www.lambertvetsupply.com/CET-Aquadent-Drinking-Water-Additive_p_2091.html?preselopt=5822&gdffi=fa42b2d798854ab08b4f4e71599eba33&gdfms=CD89E5AE23A84195A7961E5543812B9C

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Dog Specialist: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 4 months ago
Hi Dianna,

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

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