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My 11 year old lab coughs, heaves, gags till he spits up clear mucus. I don't think it's kennel cough because he has done this for year , there is no eye or nose discharge and my little jack russel has not contracted it.

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Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Jack?

He was treated for heart worms 4 years ago

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Dog Specialist: Scott Perry, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Hello. My name is***** and I am a veterinarian that can answer your question. I understand Jack has been coughing for about 1 year. I am sorry to hear about that. I know coughing can be worrying. I need to ask a couple follow up questions to give you the most accurate advise. Can you please tell me if this cough occurs at certain times of the day or whether or not Jack gets excited or nervous? Is Jack having any issues with lethargy during this time as well?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
He can sleep and not cough. He also will go into warning mode to tell me someone is here and not cough while barking, but when he is up, moving around, the coughing goes on and on. Most of the time it doesn't produce anything. Then there are days like yesterday where we clean up snot all day.
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Dog Specialist: Scott Perry, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Coughing of this type can be caused by a few different things. I agree with you that a bacteria or viral infection (i.e. kennel cough) seems less likely because of its chronic nature. These kinds of infections do not usually last for a year without changing. The other most common causes of cough consist of fungal disease, neoplasia, a narrowed trachea, or heart disease. A veterinarian can likely tell if there is heart disease by listening to the chest. The other causes will be able to be ruled out with a x-ray. In fact, the x-ray will also be able to assess the size of the heart for any problems. That will be your best diagnostic tool.

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