Old Beagle Coughing- Could it be the Pollen?

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Old Beagle Coughing- Could it be the Pollen?

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Old 05-14-2018, 11:10 AM
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Old Beagle Coughing- Could it be the Pollen?

I have an old beagle. We don't know how old he is. We just know he's so old he only has about 5 teeth or so left in his head. He and his buddy were abandoned at our church randomly like people like to do, and his buddy had been shot and was partially paralyzed and very emaciated. My dad went back to put down the paralyzed one, and we managed to convince mom to let us keep the healthy one because he lost his best friend. So we named him Buddy, because he was a good buddy to the other dog up to the end. That being said, due to this we don't have any background information on him. Did he live in a house with someone who smoked? Was he from a polluted city and someone dumped him in the literal middle of nowhere? We don't know.
He hasn't been coughing until recently. It's a cough that sometimes makes him gag. But it hasn't rained properly in quite a while, and it's pollen season. That said, could his little cough fits simply be from the pollen and dust that hasn't been calmed properly in weeks? It's also been getting up to the lower 90s lately, if that could have any effect. But it's not humid (miraculously, this is GA we are talking about), if that's important.
I know the dusty air makes me cough sometimes, especially after coming back from the barn where the horses stir it up. Maybe it could just be the dust? He's an outside dog so he's out in it.
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Y'all need to take him to the vet to get him checked out. Yes it could be allergies, but it could be something a lot worse. Kennel cough, large heartworm burden, and congestive heart failure, can also cause dogs to cough, and until the dog is checked by a vet it's not responsible to simply play the guessing game.
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