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megan | 1 week ago
Hello! My Cat Has Been Going To The Vet Constantly, For Coughing, Gaging, Gulping, And Loud …

hello! My cat has been going to the vet constantly, for coughing, gaging, gulping, and loud breathing? noises. The vet examined him under anesthesia and said his throat was just red and irritated and sent him home with some antibiotics and prednisolone. He took it for a while but there were no changes. He mostly does the whole coughing gaging thing when he is exited. His vet can’t seem to figure out what is wrong with him, so i’ve been researching different sicknesses and seeing which ones matched his symptoms. I came across collapsed trachea. This is the only one i’ve seen that matched his symptoms and says it gets worse with excitement. What can be done to diagnose him with a collapsed trachea? I’ve seen that a fluoroscopy would be a good option but the animal hospitals around me don’t have the machinery to do that. There is a high tech specialist vet office about 2 hours from me, but it’s by referral only. Would i still be able to get a proper and correct diagnosis by getting a normal x-ray? is there any other options that could tell he has a collapsed trachea? he’s had chest x-rays before and nothing seemed abnormal, so that rules out some other sicknesses.

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Sarah
4 days ago

Sorry that there has not been a response yet. Have you spoken to your vet about your thoughts?

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Amanda | 3 months ago
My Dog Is Coughing Mostly At Night When We Are In Bed. It Is Kind Of …

My dog is coughing mostly at night when we are in bed. It is kind of a cough where it sounds like she is trying to get something up. During the day she is sneezing alot and seems to have a runny nose. I am not sure if it is a cold or what. Also she still has energy wants to play and drinks water but is being very picky about her food. She strictly wants table food. Anyway the coughing is a little concerning. Is it something I should worry about she is 5 months old.

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Sarah
2 months ago

Good morning- i think that I would make an appointment to see the vet. It could be a range of things and they will be able to give her a thorough exam to rule out anything serious and probably give you something to help. I’m guessing if she is only 5 months a regular check at the vet is soon on your list of things possibly anyway? Hope your pup is ok💛🐾

Laura
2 months ago

Coughing should be of concern. I agree, I would get her to the vet. Could be kennel cough, could be something else.

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Sandy | 4 months ago
Princess, One Of My Cats Was Seen Sunday For Having Her Days And Nights Mixed Up …

Princess, one of my cats was seen Sunday for having her days and nights mixed up and a lump on her belly. Up through last Thursday she would do anything she could to get me up from knocking things over to stepping on the alarm clock and my CPAP machine.

She was seen Sunday and overall visit looked good.

However, starting Friday night she has only meowed one time. Unknown to me at the time of the visit was that she had thrown up a strip of soft plastic that covers the sticky side if envelopes. My husband saw it and cleaned it up. He said it was folded similar to an accordion. This probably happened during the last night that she was talking all night and into the morning.

She is eating okay but is sleeping most of the day or night. She also is either sneezing or coughing at times. I don’t know which one but she stretches her neck out and makes this repetitive noise.

Is it possible that the plastic may have scratched her throat and that is why she will not meow? I have an appointment for today that I made before bringing her to the clinic on Sunday. I am debating as to whether I should bring her back to be checked.

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Gloria
4 months ago

If she were my kitty, I would bring her in just to make sure all is well now.

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Kyle | 5 months ago
Kitty With A Coughing Attack

Hello Dr. Magnifico!
I found you on YouTube! I wanted to tell you how wonderful I think it is that you are going above and beyond to help pet owners worldwide!
I have a 4 year old female cat named boots. For over a year now, she has been having pretty severe coughing attacks daily. I have taken her to multiple vets that can’t tell me what’s going on. I have heard both upper and lower respiratory conditions could be involved. We got a chest X ray 2 weeks ago and it came back negative. Tried asthma medicine with no help. Tried an antibacterial in case it was an infection, and only very mild relief. Using 5mg Zyrtec daily has some relief. My vet suggests it may be nasopharyngeal polyps. I visited your page and saw your video removing these polyps in a cat, and the symptoms I have found for polyps don’t seem to quite match Boots. She doesn’t have a snorting sound while breathing, but her breathing is sometimes audible at rest. I am very fearful to proceed with further testing or procedures because I don’t want to spend so much money without knowing the problem will be fixed. Any suggestions?! THANK YOU!!

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Krista Magnifico
4 months ago

Hello, I’m sorry for the delay. Covid has had me working like crazy. I think that a polyp should always be considered and your vet, or some credible accessible vet, should be willing to sedate to look behind the soft palate. It is a quick and easy thing to do, but, they also have to be willing to try to remove it. There are a fair number of vets around who love this procedure. Call everyone you can and ask for help. We are out there. You just have to dig. The other helpful tips are to call the local… Read more »

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Jennifer | 10 months ago
Hello, I Am Wondering If Any Of The Vets Or Anyone Who Has Encountered This Could Give Me An Idea What …

Hello,
I am wondering if any of the vets or anyone who has encountered this could give me an idea what might be going on with my 10 yr old Corgi. He was coughing and spitting up water sometime after drinking water but he started coughing worse a couple days ago and sometimes phlem (white,yellow or water) comes up. He isn’t in contact with other dogs but our family had the flu and pnemonia a couple weeks ago.

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Krista Magnifico
9 months ago

Hello,
I’m sorry but this is so vague to offer much assistance. It is best that you see your vet. I think a thorough physical examination to include ausculting the heart and lungs and a very good overall whole body exam is in order. It might also be helpful to take a chest X-ray for things like pneumonia and megaesophagus and maybe even blood work to include low thyroid. My point is that there are numerous possible causes and until you start ruling some in or out it is a guess at best. I hope this helps.

Sarah
9 months ago

Hi there-
To be safe, I would call the vet and have it checked out.

Laura
9 months ago

Run, do not walk, to the nearest vet who can do an echocardiogram and 24 hour holter.

Sharon Gainer
9 months ago

I have a 13 year old (best estimate because he was a rescue) Chi that needs a dental, but he has CHF. He takes 2.5 mg of Enalapril daily, and 12.5 mg of Lasix daily. Would it be safe for him to have a dental?

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Tammy Sullivan | 2 years ago
My Dog Is Coughing Constantly She Is 12 Years Old

My dog is coughing constantly She is 12 years old

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

I would be very very worried about infection or underlying disease, like lung or heart issues. Please see a cat ASAP

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1 year ago

Vet. Not cat of course.

Sarah
1 year ago

I feel your dog is having continuous trouble, I would go to the ER vet. If you are able to get her comfortable, and she stood and does not seem stressed and is breathing normally, then you might be able to wait until morning and call your vet.

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caroline gordon | 2 years ago
My Dog Is A 5-month-old Rhodesian Ridgeback Mix And She Has Been Sick All Her…

My Dog is a 5-month-old Rhodesian Ridgeback Mix and she has been sick all her life. She came to us with Kennel Cough which then led to Pneumonia and she had to be hospitalized. Then after she got out she developed a rash which wasn’t that bad but about a month ago she started scratching herself to a point where she would cry. She has recently developed red bumps over her chest and sides and bites and scratches herself bloody. Today she has been very lethargic and is panting furiously with no obvious cause. We have mentioned this to our vet but she just gave us medicine and it hasn’t helped. She also told us if it gets worse we would have to do testing we don’t have the money for. What could be happening to her? What is a way that we could get money for the dog?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
It sounds like you need to seek veterinary help again. If you are unhappy with your vet please ask for a referral or use the vet of a friend you trust. It also might be helpful to ask a local rescue or shelter if they know of anyone who can help provide low cost care. Keep calling. Lots of the rescues around me (including a county shelter) offer low cost vet care. If you cannot and you believe your dog is in need of care ask a rescue if they will help care for your dog.

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Kate Kuhn | 2 years ago
My 11 Year Old Jack Russell Has Been Coughing A Few Times Daily For About…

My 11 year old Jack Russell has been coughing a few times daily for about a year now. Recently, after getting running a little he collapsed, rolled on his back and laid while we comforted him for about a minute, then he got up and just walked like it was nothing. Since then, less than a week, I’ve noticed he isnt interested in his food, but will eat wet food or people food but he has lost a lot of weight. He feels a little skinnier and he’s been breathing a little faster and just can’t seem to keep warm. He almost has a constant shiver unless he has a sweater on or wrapped in his blankets. We can’t afford to go get all of the blood work and test that will diagnose him but are we possibly looking at congestive heart failure or a collapsing trachea? If we have to go into even more debt to treat him or help him I will, but idk what to do. Hes been my best friend and side kick for 11 years and its killing me to see him suffer and not know what to do to help him…

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, I am sorry to hear about your dog. Based on he description you are giving I think that it might be one of the two things you suspect. I also suspect that with the cost of an examination your vet can help guide you to which it might more likely be. At my clinic the cost of an examination is about $50! Some clients can not afford diagnostics but most want to try to alleviate their pets discomfort and often we can provide medical therapies inexpensively. The fact that your dog is having such serious episodes warrants a trip… Read more »

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Christina Shrout | 2 years ago
Hello, My 4 Year Old Staffordshire Terrier All Of A Sudden Has Become Sick And…

Hello, my 4 year old Staffordshire Terrier all of a sudden has become sick and we don’t know what is going on. He has suddenly started to cough which ends with him gagging. He doesn’t want to eat and just lays around sleeping. Occasionally, he will get the shivers. He has still been drinking water and will still go out to use the bathroom. I just hate seeing my little ball of energy looking so tired and miserable. I’m wondering if it’s kennel cough that has progressed or something of the sort. Anyone have any opinions or ideas of what it could be or what I can do to help him? We have very limited income right now.

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, I’m sorry but there isn’t enough information to provide any reliable or credible direction. Your pup really needs to see a vet ASAP. I just don’t know anything about your dog to help you otherwise. At my clinic an exam starts at $50. From there we often work with a very limited budget. The sooner your vet sees your dog he better. Also the longer you wait the more serious the condition may become which worsens the prognosis and the budget. Please look into carecredit or see if any of your local rescues or shelters offer low cost options.… Read more »

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Kayla Norman | 2 years ago
This Past Year We’ve Seen A Vet Multiple Times For My Mom’s Chihuahua Who Constantly…

This past year we’ve seen a vet multiple times for my mom’s chihuahua who constantly hacks and weve spent well over 1,000 dollars and he is still hacking and coughing.

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, I’m sorry but there isn’t enough information to offer much guidance. In general for these patients I do the following. I try to distinguish between heart and lung based condition. Is there a heart murmur? Or collapsing trachea? Have you taken chest X-rays to look for any abnormalities? Have you tried antbiotics? Or looked at bloodwork for evidence of infection or disease? Some coughs have a particular characteristic hat helps identify the region of the body that might be the cause? in general it is important to identify the cause to help get a good chance at he correct… Read more »