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Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda.
I'm sorry to hear this.
Since it started, has she eaten?
Any salivating or pawing at her mouth?
Is it possible this is more of a 'goose honk' dry cough than a retch? Like in this video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsStzgNq3Zk
And she has not vomited once?
Any abdominal bloating or panting?
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I completely understand your uncertainty, it can actually be really hard to tell the difference. In fact, some dogs with a dry cough can retch and even vomit, complicating things further.
The fact she has been able to eat is really reassuring as this makes a foreign body/blockage much less likely.
It also means she isn't likely to be nauseous, which makes me wonder if this is a dry cough.
For example, young dogs are prone to Kennel Cough which can cause throat inflammation, and a harsh, dry cough. They should otherwise remain well. This is a viral infection and should clear by itself in about a week. She may be infectious to other dogs so we would want to keep her away from them just in case. (1 of 2)
Other possible causes would be laryngitis, a small foreign body (such as a ticklish grass seed) which is not causing an obstruction, tracheal collapse, lungworm etc
I would ensure her breathing is calm and settled and less than 30 breaths a minute.
I would also double check she is up to date with her lungworm prevention.
You can offer a tsp of honey 3 times daily to ease any irritation.
If she remains well and is happy to exercise, eat and be social then I would be happy to monitor her.
However, if she seems unwell or you are concerned, a vet visit would not be the wrong thing to do at all. (2 of 2)
Oh, just that it's the first part of a 2 part message!
Most dogs that age would be immune to the more common upper respiratory infections so, while I would keep an eye, it is less likely they would become infected.
It's typically hard to effectively separate them and it would be for several weeks so I wouldn't normally recommend it.
I wouldn't recommend isolating her from the other dog but if you mean from others when out and about, we should keep her away until she is no longer coughing.