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    DefaultCough? Hairball?

    This seems to me like a very odd question but can a dog get a cough? Tilly sounds almost like she has a hairball in her throat that she can't get out. However she has been like that a few days so I am thinking she might have a cold. Allergies are horrible right now where we live. Maybe that's the problem... Has anyone ever had this with their dog?


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    Only through Kennel Cough ! Has she been near other dogs recently ? ( Not serious though - Bordatella )

    Have you tried to look down her throat ? Perhaps a small piece of wood or similar lodged in the throat could be causing it !

    If it persists then I would be off to the vet.

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    Looking back, that kind of cough/throat clearing was the first signs of laryngeal paralysis that Mick showed. He wasn't diagnosised for a couple of years after the throat clearing started, tho.

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    I just googled that. Laryngeal Paralysis sounds awful and scary. She pants so much when she exercises. I need to take her to the vet. How is Mick doing now with it?


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    Pneumonia can also produce a cough....but it's a really sickly, wet sounding noise which doesn't sound like what you have going on.

    I'd be thinking more along the lines that she has something in her throat that's making her cough....our boys do that when they eat bones and try to swollow them to fast. :/

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    ok... I am really hoping its something in her throat. The alternatives sound scary.


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    Most likely kennel cough. If the dog is gagging, hacking up some white foam and maybe some kibbles from a meal, I would bet it all on Kennel Cough. Pnemonia, heart worms, congestive heart failure, LP are all other diseases where coughing can present, but most likely it's KC.

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    Around this time last year, Sundance had what amounted to a doggie cold with mucous and congestion. We woke to him repeatedly honking like a goose. Took him to the e-vet, and of course, he was perfectly quiet. Later that day, our regular vet diagnosed him and sent us home with cough supressant. That stuff, which was a type of narcotic, cleared him right up.

    The vet said it also could have been seasonal allergies.

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    Ok thanks. I am going to get her to the vet this week. Poor thing doesn't need to be coughing... no matter what its from.


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    Coughing is probably kennel cough - basically a canine cold. If she becomes lethargic, refuses water, runs a fever - she needs to see a vet. Usually KC is not a big deal and clears itself in several days. It can become more serious however. My foster needed antibiotics when his KC got worse and he had the above symptoms.
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