Chronic dog coughing for one year, sudden onset
by Susan Boucek
(Naples, FL, USA)
My dog developed a dry cough about one year ago for no reason whatsoever. He had not been in a kennel, he had not been sick, he has been on his heart worm meds, he has a clean bill of health from our vet, he is frisky and perky but he has many periods throughout the day and night when he will cough incessantly.
He has been diagnosed with a "narrow" trachea. He does not have a collapsed trachea.
He does not cough when he sleeps and he does not cough when he is worn out, like after a big night of coughing all night and keeping us all up worried. He coughs less when he is relaxed but even then, it seems if he starts to think about himself, a coughing spasm will start.
We tried acupuncture and it did not work. Various herbal medications have not worked and the meds the vet gave us have not had worked.
Our vet suggested that this could be psychological. He is an only dog and now that our children are gone, he is the king of the household. He is smart and bossy, though he is small. He is 12 years old. We got him from the pound when he was two.
His coughing fits truly rule our lives and I think he knows it. When he is not coughing, we tip toe around careful not to disturb him. I think he has our number and am wondering if you have an opinion on this and if you have some suggestions we could try to see if there are behavior modification tricks we could try that would put an end to this sudden onset condition.
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