My Dog’s Cough – PND Hack n GagDr Erik Johnson 2019-11-21 0 COMMENTS
This dog typifies the “PND Hack n Gack” which is akin to COPD, which is kind of like airway Atopy, all of which are oversimplifications of airway inflammation.
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There are lots of contributors to a bronchitic / inflammatory airway disorder, for example, genetics, body weight, and age.
The case depicted is complicated by extreme body weight. The excess weight compresses the heart and lungs, causing pulmonary hypertension. Also, the extra weight compresses the airway. (Trachea)
After the exam which may include Xrays and bloodwork (to help rule out pneumonia, or congestive heart failure) – – you can safely back into a tentative diagnosis of “PND Hack n Gag” and manage that (at least initially) with anti-inflammatories, and antihistamines.
Antibiotics may be needed, but RARELY so.
Sometimes a cough suppressant aids comfortable sleep while airway inflammation is reduced.
My Dog’s Cough – PND Hack n Gag
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Dr Erik Johnson is a Marietta, Georgia Veterinarian with a practice in small animal medicine. He graduated from University of Georgia with his Doctorate in 1991. Dr Johnson is the author of several texts on Koi and Pond Fish Health and Disease as well as numerous articles on dog and cat health topics.