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I am so sorry that sweet Simba is not feeling well.
This hacking cough so much that it sounds like something is caught in his throat is typical for Tracheobronchitis or Kennel Cough. This is a contagious disease that is often caught at a kennel, groomer, dog park or vets office. Since this is airborne, Simba can catch this anywhere. If he is still acting normal and eating, this is most likely the cause for this cough. The good news is that this is self limiting and will resolve on its own within 1 to 2 weeks. You can give Robitussin DM at 1 tablespoon per 20 pounds of his weight every 8 hrs to help calm down the cough. It is best to have your veterinarian examine Simba since this cough is also typical for heart disease and your veterinarian can run the diagnostics to determine the cause and appropriate treatment.
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Often antibiotics are given as a preventative measure but since this is partly a viral disease, it is not required. Other dogs could catch this whether he is in antibiotics or not. Unfortunately, we are not allowed, by law , to prescribe medications.
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