Yesterday one of our dogs, Oshi, started coughing. If he were a cat I’d say he was trying to cough up a hairball. He would ‘hack’ a few times and then look as though he were trying to cough something up.
We had a look in his mouth, but couldn’t see any obvious problems. He eats anything: ballpoint pens, kitchen sponges, library books, bark, cat excrement, dead flies, sticks, tissues, glad wrap — it all goes in after being chewed.
We full expected he had something stuck in his throat.
Oshi suffered the indignity of the thermometer, and Mike listened to Oshi’s breathing and heart, checked his glands, and gently squeezed his windpipe.
Mike decided it was unlikely to be Kennel Cough, though he couldn’t rule it out. He thought it was more likely Oshi had some kind of throat infection or virus. Mike gave Oshi an injection of antibiotics and a tube of paste we squirt into Oshi’s mouth each day, along with a prescription of ‘no walks’ for a couple of days. The routine shots have been delayed for a week or two.
The worrying cough quickly disappeared, though it came back briefly just before the next dose of caramel paste. Sasha hasn’t started coughing — if it were something infectious we’d expect her to cough too.
Fingers crossed it’s a simple thing to fix and already being cured.