My 12-lb. 10-yr-old chihuaua (Marlet) coughs. She’s done it for years, but seems to be increasing. She seems otherwise healthy and active, has a good appetite and appropriate waste elimination. Her teeth aren’t in great shape. She often coughs upon waking in the morning, but sometimes after playing. It’s a deep, rasping cough, but she shows no signs of throat soreness. She often coughs several times and concludes with a “gag”. Other times (but not always), she seems to be able to stop voluntarily when her name is called or if she’s offered a treat. She’s seen a veterinarian for other things, lameness, chiropractic, bee sting, when her heart has been checked with no mention of problem by the vet.
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