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Old March 22nd, 2016, 06:30 AM
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Weird coughing, non-stop, even at night

Hello guys,

My 15 year old puppy, Max, keeps making this weird kind of coughing, and it's been going on for the last 1 years. Recently, just in the couple of days, it's been significantly worse.
We noticed that he would usually start coughing upon excitement, and sometimes just randomly. Now he also coughs in the night, waking himself and everybody else up, and just generally coughs all day.

We have been to the vet previously, where they said his heart was fine, they did blood tests, they couldn't find a problem at the time. This is why I want to reach out online and see if anybody has experienced this and could have an idea of what it could be and what to do!

HERE IS A VIDEO OF HIM COUGHING:
https://youtu.be/GqEGs_rTjkc

Max is otherwise very healthy and although he is a little disoriented sometimes, he is "well kept" considering his age. He still runs, jumps, and is generally a happy dog.
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 09:39 AM
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Hi what a lovely dog. I would strongly suggest you ask your vet to look further; some x-rays and ultrasound would be a start. There are so many things this could be. It sounds like you ruled out heart problems, which I believe often shows up with a cough.
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 12:00 PM
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I agree with scratch n dent--xrays and ultrasound would be a good start in eliminating possible causes.
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Old March 23rd, 2016, 12:25 PM
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Heart issues cannot be ruled out unless an echocardiogram is run by a cardiologist. I don't know if your vet just listened to the heart with a stethoscope, or you actually had a workup.

Roundworms can cause problems in the throat, so I might consider doing a round of panacur if that hasn't been done recently, considering that this is a puppy. Stool tests may or may not catch them. I'm sure they've checked for heartworm (which can also be seen on an echocardiogram).

Allergies perhaps, but doesn't seem likely to me unless you are seeing other signs. I would see an internal medicine specialist for a second opinion if this doesn't get better.
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Old March 23rd, 2016, 02:02 PM
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Good points Maxalisa, and note that the "puppy" is actually 15
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Old March 24th, 2016, 08:01 AM
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Oops, a puppy at heart then
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