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Just checking to see what I can do 1yr old basset he's been clearing his throa

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Just checking to see what I can do for my 1yr old basset he's been clearing his throat, not a lot just enough that I noticed. I already give him yogurt in his food and raw egg with his breakfast of dry food. I have another dog that has not been clearing.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient.
How old is your dog? One place says a year and another says under a year.
What vaccinations has he had?
Does it sound like a cough?
Is it like a gagging or a sneeze?
Does it sound like a honk or a hairball?
Is he overweight?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
He turned a yr July 7,2015. He is current on all shots. It sounds like clearing his throat. He is a basset so I watch is weight. But I wasn't watching his toys, he ended up coughing up a plastic piece he chewed off a toy. Since I have picked up all soft plastic toys.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for the additional information. If he swallowed a squeaker or plastic piece off of a toy that could have scratched the throat. When the throat is scratched it can cause a dog to cough. It will likely take a few days for the throat to heal.
There are other reasons for coughs such as kennel cough, canine flu, bronchitis as well as heart and lung issues. I think in this case, these are not as likely as a scratched throat, reverse sneeze or collapsing trachea. However, let me give you some links on those conditions.
Another possibility is an allergy issue. If he has any sneezing or nasal discharge, that might be the problem. If this is the case, Benadryl can be given to your dog, the dose is up to 2mg per pound every 8 hours.
You can read about these here.
To help your dog breathe easier you can run a NON-medicated humidifier in the room your dog is in, or sit in a steamed up bathroom with your dog to help keep any mucous moving. Robitussin DM at a 1/4 teaspoon per 5 pounds can be used to control a cough. It should only contain dextromethorphan and Guaifenisen. and should NOT contain pseudoephedrine. Dosages can be obtained at this website.
Your dog could be doing what is called a reverse sneeze or a collapsing trachea. Here is a site on reverse sneezes and one on collapsing tracheas.
If he is oveweight, that can contribute to collapsing trachea. Owners report that rubbing the throat often lessens severity and length of an episode. His doesn't seem that bad if it is a collapsing trachea. I think I'd probably try benadryl first just to ensure it isn't a little inflamation form an inhaled allergen.
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you need more information or clarification, please reply and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are satisfied, please take the opportunity to rate.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
Hi Laura,

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

Jane Lefler