My older poodle has a chronic hacking cough, bringing up white phlegm at times. Differential…

My older poodle has a chronic hacking cough, bringing up white phlegm at times. Differential diagnosis?

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PK Dennis
5 years ago

I would suspect heart enlargement — if this is the case it puts pressure on the lungs and results in a chronic hacking cough.  There are medications that can make him/her more comfortable.  You need to see a vet to get to the root cause, and to help her have a better quality of life.  The medications needed if it is an enlarged heart are not that expensive so don’t let that prevent you from seeking help.