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************ JA: I'll do all I can to help. What sort of animal are we talking about? Customer: a dog - cabapoo cavapoo! JA: Coughing can be worrying. The Expert will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age? Customer: milo 8 JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Milo? Customer: he has mild mitrial valve issues but the heart specialist did not feel this was the cause of the cough after investigations
Hi, Welcome to Just Answer. I'm Chris, a small animal Vet based in the UK. I am reviewing your question and will get back to you as soon as possible
How long has he been coughing like this for? Is he currently on any medications?
OK. Kennel cough would not persist for 6 months so that is very unlikely. Has he been treated with a lungworm preventative lately?
OK, so no abnormalities on chest xray? A treatment for Lungworm such as Advocate would be advisible just as a precaution pending further investigation
OK, well testing and or/trial treatment for Lungworm is certainly one thing I would consider. The next step would be a CT scan of the chest, it would give much more detail than a xray and would pick up on much more subtle changes which do not appear on xray. A condition such as pulmonary fibrosis would perhaps be one such condition which would show up on CT but not xray for example.
I hope that answers your question? Please let me know if you need any further help or advice.
OK good, if the CT was normal then most serious issues are ruled out. Advocate covers lungworm so if you use this monthly this shouldn't be a problem either which is good news!
Kennel cough symptoms tend to resolve in 5-10 days so it would not be the case for it to persist for so long. Even in cases of Kennel cough antibiotics are rarely needed as it is often viral in nature.
Vaccination against kennel cough should be considered if he is going to kennels regularly though.
At this stage without a diagnosis only symptomatic treatment can be given such as a cough suppressant if the coughing becomes troublesome for him. Codeine is sometimes prescribed for this purpose.
If the cough becomes increasingly productive or he seems unwell in himself then a course of antibiotics could be considered just in case of an infectious cause.
He has had extensive investiagations which have ruled out most serious causes which is reassuring.