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My Schitzu cross Maltese terrior, 12 years, has had an irratable

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My Schitzu cross Maltese terrior, 12 years, has had an irratable cough for about 3 months. He was prescribed Prednicare, 1/2 tablet per day. This did not make a difference so I have been giving him 1 a day and that has helped but not got rid of it.
my question is: is this the best med. for his cough (do you know of a bettef one)? And by my giving him more than advised am I damaging my pet's organs?
My vet does not seem to know whats causing it.
Thank you, Anne
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Susan :

Hi, I can help you with your question today. I just signed on and saw your question waiting for an answer.

Dr. Susan :

No, prednicare is just an anti-inflammatory medication.

Dr. Susan :

We can do a better job with other medications.

Dr. Susan :

In order to know which medications would be best, ***** ***** be helpful to know his actual diagnosis.

Dr. Susan :

It doesn't sound like your vet has fully defined the underlying reason for this cough.

Dr. Susan :

In an older small breed dog like him, I would be suspicious of collapsing trachea or heart disease.

Dr. Susan :

I recommend going forward using chest x-ray to determine if he might have either of these.

Dr. Susan :

If he has heart disease, we can treat with pimobendan, enalapril and furosemide. These would dramatically relieve his cough and help his heart.

Dr. Susan :

If he has collapsing trachea, we should use a cough suppressant like dextromethorphan or hydrocodone, NOT an anti-inflammatory like Prednicare.

Dr. Susan :

To help answer the remainder of your question, yes, long term Prednicare can cause side effects in dogs. This dose should not be altered randomly.

Dr. Susan :

In fact, taking a dog off of prednisone must be done slowly in a tapered fashion. The dose must be weaned down over a couple of weeks time, or we can cause a crisis.

Dr. Susan :

Please let me know if you have further questions.

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