How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Peter Your Own Question
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 30343
Experience:  16 years of internal medicine, surgery, and preventive care.
25161683
Type Your Dog Question Here...
Dr. Peter is online now

We have a 13 year old Poodle, he is constantly coughing, Mr

Resolved Question:

We have a 13 year old Poodle, he is constantly coughing,
Mr Mick Crossley
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How long has this been going on?

2- Any pre existing medical conditions?

3- Has he been seen by a vet for this problem?

4- How much does he weigh?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Always after a drink but last 6 months could be any time through the day. Not had any long time problems.
Not seen a vet with this problem. He is 6 kg
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do you need any more questions
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

I am sorry for the delay in response. I will have an answer for you shortly please give me a few minutes.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 year ago.

Friend, there are many possible causes for a chronic cough in an older dog. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination. But, common causes in small breed older dogs are: A collapsing trachea, this is when the rings around the trachea become weak and collapse the dog will then hack or cough to re-open the trachea lumen. Another common cause is an underlying heart disease, less likely lung disease, etc. to name a few causes.

In this case, I would strongly recommend hands on examination with family vet to listen to his heart and lungs and rule out heart disease. In the meantime you can start him on Robitussin DM (cough) 1/2 teaspoon every 6-8 hours. You can buy Robitussin DM over the counter in any pharmacy (chemist); make sure it is Not sugar free; No phenylephrine.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Dr. Peter and 2 other Dog Specialists are ready to help you

Related Dog Questions