17 year old Cockapoo won't stop dry hacking / coughing

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Old 02-08-2018, 11:05 AM
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Question 17 year old Cockapoo won't stop dry hacking / coughing

My 17 year old Cockapoo for last 10 days has been dry hacking / coughing. No vomit coming up. We took him about a week ago to the Vet. They ran xrays & didn't see issues. For the cough / hacking, they prescribed Orbax 20ml every night for 10 days, Doxycycline 100mg every morning and night for 10 days and Gualfenesin 100mg for cough every 6 hours as needed.

We've done all this and every few minutes he keeps coughing. We contacted the vet back and because he is eating, walking around, no diarrhea and drinking water the vet isn't alarmed and said we should finish the medicine which is in 2 days and see. She said that if it does not get better we can see a specialist and they can do a different scan than an xray, forgot what the technical name of it was, but it was $800-$1,200 for just the test and she didn't recommend it do to his age. He doesn't seem in any pain, is wagging his tail as normal, but everyone in our house feels so bad and selfishly we can't sleep as its the worst at night and very loud.

I was reading online and I am hearing that he might have a collapsed trachea but surgery on a dog older than 6 years old for this is not recommended. We took off his collar which was lose already but saw that mentioned somewhre a tight collar could make it worse. Also, I saw that maybe it could be bronchitis and that might require different medicine so I was going to call back up and ask about that tomorrow.

Has anyone else gone through this? Any other advice?
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Old 02-08-2018, 11:40 AM
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My long distance guess would be allergies. Ours starts coughing and hacking whenever we get wind storms, which blow something in she is allergic to. Dogs I have known with a collapsed trachea tend to cough more when they get excited or exercise. At age 17, I would be looking for medication that relieves him from the coughing, probably nothing more drastic.
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I'd skip the specialist for now and just get a second opinion from a different vet. There are many varied things that could cause it, heart or lung problems, allergies, collapsed trachea, kennel cough, virus, etc., that for any of us to simply guess would be reckless.
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