Hello John, I'm Dr. Deb.
I recently came online and see that your question about your dog hasn't been answered. I'm so sorry that you've had to wait for a response,but if you still need assistance, I'd like to help if I can.
I do have a few questions to ask first, if you don't mind: 1. How long has he been coughing?2. Is he lethargic?3. Still eating and drinking?4. Has he been seen for this problem?
There may be a delay after I receive your answers since I have to type up a response to you and I may be offline at the time you respond. But I'll get back to you as soon as I can since I'm on the computer some part of every day.
Thanks for your patience. Deb
1.Hi my dog has been coughing for 10 mth2,no he is not. 3yes. 4 no
1.Hi my dog has been coughing for 10 mth2,no he is not. 3yes. 4 no john grace thank you
1. Problems with the heart whereby the heart can enlarge compressing the trachea and/or fluid is building up in the chest. Or heartworm disease which is transmitted by mosquitoes.
It is possible that a good physical exam might detect a heart murmur or irregular heart rate but these are not present in every case.
An x-ray and/or an ultrasound may be needed though to diagnose this problem.
Some of these dogs will respond to anti-cough medications (see below for a suggested option). Others will respond to bronchodilators such as Aminophylline which would have to be dispensed by your vet. Sometimes antibiotics can improve the situation since secondary bacterial infections can occur while other dogs will improve on steroids such as humans would use for asthma.
Sometimes this is a trial and error sort of process since every patient doesn't react in the same way when certain medications are given.
3. Collapsing trachea is primarily seen in smaller dogs; this is exactly what it sounds like. This is a manageable condition for the most part unless surgical intervention is done to correct the problem. This is sometimes difficult to diagnose on an x-ray but is also managed rather than cured (unless surgical correction is performed).
Many of the above treatments for bronchitis are also used for these dogs. Carrying extra weight can be a problem for dogs with this condition and can make it worse. Additional tips: Use a harness instead of a collar. Avoid any potentially irritating substances such as cigarette smoke or excessive dust.
As to over the counter treatment options, cough suppressants can be given although I'm often hesitant to use them unless or until the underlying cause for the cough has been identified.
However, acceptable ones to use include Dextromethorphan (LINK).
The dose would be 0.25 to 1 mg/lb 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.
Anti-histamines are also safe to give which can help dry up secretions similar to a human. The dose of Benadryl, for example, would be 10 mg/lb twice a day with sedation a common side effect.
I hope this helps although, again, my apologies for the delayed reply. Deb
I’m just following up on our conversation about your dog's coughing. How is he doing? Deb