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Coughing whenever he gets upJA: I'll...

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18 Jun 2021

Coughing whenever he gets up
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: a dog
JA: How long has the dog had this cough? Is he breathing okay?
Customer: two days breathing semi-okay
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Camilo, age 6
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: no
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18 Jun 2021

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Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

Good evening, I’m Dr. Gates and I’m happy to assist you this evening.

My job here is to assess whether or not you pet needs to be examined and diagnostic tests run or if we can manage things safely at home.

I will do my best to go through everything with you and give you my professional advice based on the history and clinical signs. The more information I have the better the job I can do to help get you some answers for your pet.

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Hello, he has been coughing intermittently since yesterday. It sounds like he has something he wants to get out but we looked and there is nothing. He coughs mostly when he tries to get up
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

I'm so sorry to hear that he is having issues. Has he been around in other dogs, been to dog parks, boarding facility, pet stores, etc. recently?

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
When he goes on walks h interacts with other dogs
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
He*
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

Ok, please read through this article to see if it fits with what you're seeing at home.

18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951478

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
I guess it sounds like it
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

Ok, so sometimes they can clear the infection on their own. You can give honey to help coat their throats to help prevent more coughing and can use steam therapy to help by taking them in to the bathroom while running the shower.

18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

Robitussin DM can be given as well. You can find dosing information here:

https://www.crossroads-animal-clinic.com/home-treatments

18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

However, some dogs become lethargic, hack to the point of vomiting, stop wanting to eat, etc. These dogs generally need to be placed on stronger cough medications and/or antibiotics.

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
How do I know if it’s worse and more needs to be done?
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

See above for common symptoms that indicate more aggressive treatment is warranted

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Is raw honey okay?
18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
He’s had phlegm but not vomiting. He ate this/last morning but not again since then (it is now 2am)
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

Yes, dogs are fairly resistant to botulism.

18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

The can get dehydrated quickly which makes them feel worse. Ensure proper hydration. You can use tuna water, low sodium broth, etc.

18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

The coughing causes irritation and inflammation of the trachea which causes more cyclical.

18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian

I hope this information was helpful and that Camilo is back to normal soon. You can provide updates and ask follow-up questions by picking up the chat in the window and I will answer when I am next online. Thank you for using Just Answer and have a wonderful evening!

18 Jun 2021
Customer reply
18 Jun 2021
Thank you
18 Jun 2021
Dog Veterinarian's response
18 Jun 2021
BrandonG102
BrandonG102

You're welcome. I wish you both the best.

BrandonG102
BrandonG102
Owner/Veterinarian
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