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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My dog has started breathing really heavily and she had some

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Hi my dog has started breathing really heavily and she had some form of a sinus problem and a hacking cough like she had somthing stuck in her throat yesterday. Any idea on what could cause it? She's a 2 year old Siberian husky
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please let me know if you still need help. May I have an update on Shadow, please?

Regretfully, her behavior could represent a simple respiratory infection such as the infectious tracheobronchitis complex ("kennel cough") but also more serious cardiopulmonary disorders. We'll need more of a track record to prognose more accurately.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
She has stopped with the hacking cough but if she gets to excited she starts breathing really heavily and she's got a runny nose
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Thank you for the additional information. A simple respiratory infection is more likely in such a young dog. Is her nasal discharge clear, cloudy, or discolored?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It is clear and looks like water
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Thank you. A clear discharge can be physiological (normal), of an allergic rhinitis (inflammation inside the nose), or represent the precursor of a cloudy or discolored discharge most indicative of infection. You can continue to monitor such a dog. If Shadow is is suffering from the infectious tracheobronchtiis complex in most cases these dogs will go into remission within 1-3 weeks unaided and so I rarely treat them with antibiotics. If they worsen instead of improving in the week following the onset of their symptoms, I do prescribe one of the antibiotics of choice - doxycyclne or amoxicillin/clavulanate. I might also send home a narcotic cough suppressant. It's best to avoid over the counter cough suppressants which usually contain dextromethorphan and alcohol - neither of which are recommended in dogs due to lack of efficacy and toxicity at higher doses. You're likely to find that a teaspoon/tablespoon (small/big dog) of honey every few hours will be more helpful in controlling coughing. Please continue our conversation if you wish.