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my puppy shih tzu has a terrible cough. Sound like he is choking

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my puppy shih tzu has a terrible cough. Sound like he is choking but nothing comes out.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  NancyH replied 8 years ago.

It sounds like your dog might have either kennel cough


or canine influenza

Both of these are very easily picked up from another dog.


You can see if some Robitussin DM will help the dog breathe better and control any cough or sneezing or runny nose. Read here about cautions and dose info


You can see and hear a dog with kennel cough here


If you see a colored discharge from nose or eyes, if your dog coughs stuff up, seems lethargic, has any real trouble with breathing, or goes off eating, see your vet as your pet may have a secondary bacterial infection that will need antibiotics or other meds.


Other diseases such as distemper can cause coughing and because of this dog's breed another possibility is a trachea issue.

Some breeds of dogs with pushed in faces have problems with their trachea which you can read about here

I'd plan on a vet check up for your pup.

Hope this helps you!
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thanks so much! Your advice was very helpfull. You were so right on the sympthoms of the dog. Hopefully with the meds that you suggested Rocky will be in full recovery. Again Thank You!
Expert:  NancyH replied 8 years ago.
You are welcome - thanks for the above accept!