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My dog a rat terrier has bronchitis and has been coughing

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My dog a rat terrier has bronchitis and has been coughing all night. My vet told me to give her zertex which I have for about 3 months on a daily basis but she started coughing again at night. What can I do for her
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Veterinarian will know what you should do. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Poochie
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Poochie?
Customer: No they did an X-ray 3 months ago and told me she has bronchitis. I been giving her half a pill of zerex which has helped her up till now
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Veterinary
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I would like to know what I can give my dog for coughing
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 6 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.

I'm sorry for this concern about Poochie.

In my experience, dogs who have been diagnosed with bronchitis will often have flare-ups and/or the disease can progress in which case additional drugs are necessary. Those additional drugs might include cough suppressants, brochodilators and often antibiotics since there can frequently be a secondary bacterial component to this condition. These additional drugs are ones which can be discussed with your vet but for now, I do have an over the counter, human drug that's a cough suppressant which will be acceptable to give her.


The dose would be 0.25 to 1 mgs per pound of body weight 2-3 times a day. You just want to double check labels and ensure that the formulations only contain this ingredient although inclusion of Guaifensin is fine.

I hope this helps, Deb