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Dog Cough Ongoing for 2 to 3 Months

by Leslie H.
(Selma, TX)

Molly Today

Molly Today

My 13 year old cocker spaniel Molly has been suffering from a cough for about 2-3 months now. I have taken her to the vet a few times.


The vet thought at first that it was a collapsing trachea. Prescribed her Hydrocodone. Didn't fix it.

Then I decided to do an x-ray, vet said it was bronchitis, prescribed Hydrocodone, Theophylline, Clavamox, and Guaifenesin, finished it all but the guaifenesin(they prescribed alot). That didn't work so I requested steroids.

They weren't wanting to do it at first because of her age, but I told them she has taken them plenty of times for her ears, she will be fine. She prescribed us prednisone. They seemed to be working, I had been on top of giving her meds every 4 hours(benadryl, sometimes guaifenesin when the cough was worse than normal), everything was great, she went a whole night without coughing which was HUGE!

I went out of town for vacation and was having a friend give her her steroids once a day, our roommate is never home during the day to keep up with the every 4 hour regimen, so we figured a friend coming once a day is better than nothing.

I returned a week later to find her cough fairly active again. It's surely not at its worst, but its way worse than when I left!

It sounds kind of wet, deep and low sounding, and her breathing is slow and labored, at least it seems that way. Her breaths are 20 breaths per minute. I say labored because I can see in her stomach an exaggerated rise and fall, where as with my 3 year old dog, I can hardly see his breaths! ha!

I researched holistic options today and purchased raw honey and licorice root so I'm giving that to her in between and gave her coconut oil with her food. I just started that so maybe I shouldn't jump the gun with submitting this, but I am desperate, am I doing the right thing?

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Jun 29, 2014
My Online Vet Response For: Dog Cough Ongoing for 2 to 3 Months
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

June 29, 2014

Hi Leslie,
For Molly's cough, I would be interested in seeing her x-rays. From what you describe, I am worried about her heart. And it would be good to know if she has a murmur, if she has been tested for heartworm, and if she is on prevention for heartworm. Possibly, the diagnosis regarding the bronchitis is really not from irritation but other possibilities, such as from a fungal or bacterial infection. Neither of which would respond to antibiotics or steroids. Recently, a subscriber had their dog diagnosed with a chronic cough of 6 months duration, that was finally diagnosed with mega-esophagus!! So, that was why none of the cough suppressants were working! This may be the case with Molly, and you should have a second opinion on her x-rays by a board certified veterinary radiologist.

A blood panel would rule out allergic reactions causing a cough, infection, and/or heartworm disease.

1. Molly needs to have her immune system supported. 1. Missing Link Canine Formula
2. Immuplex from Standard Process
3. OrthoMolecular Specialties, Mega C Powder

2. She needs to be on a healthy low sodium diet with plenty of moisture. NO DRY dog food. See our page on 10 Best Dog Food Options, http://www.organic-pet-digest.com/10-best-dog-food-options.html. And consider a RAW diet for your dog.

3. And NO MORE vaccinations. If she is due for Rabies, then seek the help of a holistic veterinarian to write her an exemption.

4. You will need to find the correct diagnosis, in order to treat Molly's problem.

You wrote,
"purchased raw honey and licorice root so I'm giving that to her in between and gave her coconut oil with her food"
This is not going to hurt her, but I do not think it will help too much if we do not know the correct diagnosis. Since you have been giving her the cortisone, you will need to also give her MILK THISTLE (8mg per lb TWO times daily). This herb will help repair liver tissue. Cortisone will adversely affect her liver. If she weighs 25-30 lbs, then give her 200-240 mg TWO times daily, and make sure you camouflage it in her food.

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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DISCLAIMER: The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.





Jun 30, 2014
molly
by: leslie

They ruled out anything with her heart and does not have a murmur. So the 200 mg is for the milk thistle? Just because you said 8mg at first, just want to be sure. She does have xrays can I get these to you? She is currently on dry food so I will get her on wet food right away...I just want to be sure it won't make her gain weight. Will these options help if it is fungal or bacterial? Should I stop the licorice root?

Jun 30, 2014
molly
by: leslie

Sorry I misread the milk thistle part. Got it! She has also been tested for heartworm and does not have that.

Jun 30, 2014
Molly- cont.
by: Leslie

1. Missing Link Canine Formula
2. Immuplex from Standard Process
3. OrthoMolecular Specialties, Mega C Powder -

Are all 3 of these needed or does she just need 1 of the 3, because I'm about to do some ordering!

Jul 02, 2014
My Online Vet Response For: Dog Cough Ongoing for 2 to 3 Months
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

July 1, 2014

Hi Leslie,
For Molly, regarding her x-rays, if in a CD format, that can be downloaded, they can be posted on this site as a photo.

She will NOT gain weight on canned food.

If she has a bacterial or fungal lung infection, she may need more specific treatment, with a homeopathic remedy prescribed by a holistic veterinarian that can examine her in person.

Regarding the Immune Support:
She only needs one to start, perhaps one that is not listed would be best, called Canine Whole Body Support made by Standard Process available on amazon.com.

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

P.S. If you've found this service or our web site helpful, please "Like" us by clicking the like button at the top of the left margin. Thank you!

DISCLAIMER: The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.

Jul 02, 2014
Molly
by: Leslie

They did more xrays yesterday and a blood panel. Her blood looked great. Her heart sounds great. They found that she has pneumonia.

Jul 03, 2014
My Online Vet Response For: Dog Cough Ongoing for 2 to 3 Months
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

July 3, 2014

Hi Leslie,
With the diagnosis of pneumonia, then Molly will definitely need an immune supplement, Canine Whole Body Support made by Standard Process available on amazon.com.

If they give her antibiotics, then she will need to have acidophilus added to her food to provide the normal flora for her GI tract, while on antibiotics.

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

P.S. If you've found this service or our web site helpful, please "Like" us by clicking the like button at the top of the left margin. Thank you!

DISCLAIMER: The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.



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