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3 year old black Pomeranian hacking/coughing

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    3 year old black Pomeranian hacking/coughing

    My wife recently adopted a 3 year old male black Pomeranian. We had a male black Pomeranian for years but he passed away about a year ago. My wife and I really missed him.



    So my wife adopted a male black Pomeranian from Pet Smart. They work in conjunction with area shelters. This 3 year old had all of his shots, had been chipped and was "fixed" so we were confident
    that he was healthy. However he has a habit of coughing/hacking, some times every 15-20 minutes. He has some strange habits like sitting on end tables and other odd places and it makes me wonder if he wasnt an imprisoned dog in a puppy mill. His behavior is odd. That doesnt change our commitment, we're all in, we just need to know that he is healthy.

    Our old Pom used to hack occasionally because as he cleaned himself he'd get hair in the throat, they are incredibly hairy!
    The frequency of his hacking seems abnormal

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    you need to take him to a vet for a complete checkup, a hacking cough is sometime a sign of a heart problem. It could be something else but you need to know what you are dealing with, a vet check is in order. By the way it is illegal to sell or adopt a dog without a valid health certificate. Dated no later than 15 days before the sale or adoption, if that was not the case it might be something you can look into
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    Can't see your video, it says "private".

    I agree with Linda, and a trip to the vet is priority. I think excessive hacking may damage the esophagus also. It could be a hairball, like cats get too, so a dog would need similar hairball medicine treatment usually bought over the counter.

    It could be other things like kennel cough, bronchial infection, collapsed trachea, seasonal or year round allergies or worms (like heartworm). Hope it's nothing too serious, and kudos for giving him a loving home. I'm sorry for the loss of your other Pom. Welcome to the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linda2147 View Post
    you need to take him to a vet for a complete checkup, a hacking cough is sometime a sign of a heart problem. It could be something else but you need to know what you are dealing with, a vet check is in order. By the way it is illegal to sell or adopt a dog without a valid health certificate. Dated no later than 15 days before the sale or adoption, if that was not the case it might be something you can look into
    The dog came with what appears to be a complete checkup. Two pages of paperwork indicating all his shots, but no mention of the coughing issue. It seems as though the little guy has terrible allergies. We take him outside and he sneezes a lot afterwards. He sleeps through the night mostly without the coughing/hacking, last night he didnt do it at all through the night.

    Also, I published the Youtube video so it should be available to watch

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    the coughing and sneezing could be allergies, a sign of allergies if chewing the tail, feet and ear infections and or hot spots. What you can try is get some unscented baby wipes, wipe his feet and belly when he comes in to remove as much as you can off his body. If he isn't on a grain free food switch to grain free. A food allergy is easy, just change the food, an enviromental allergy is much harder to detect. Could be anything and the only way to know for sure is to take him to a doggy dermatologist and they will do skin scrapings to find out what he is allergic to.
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    From the video, I'm still thinking hairball, even if the dog has allergies. You can try and give a spoonful of coconut oil in the food every day, or separately to try and help elimination of the hairball. Light olive oil can also be used or actual over the counter hairball medicine, you have to use it for at least 2 weeks to know if it's helping. It won't hurt to try this, and if it helps, great, if not you can eliminate the possibility of hair in the digestive system as the cause of the problem. Good luck.

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    Thanks for the replies. We took him to the vet and the vet suspects kennel cough. Well, to be fair the wife took him and my understanding is that the vet suspects he has kennel cough. He's on 2 different meds, so we'll see. He's also due for heartworm treatment August 1.

    If he doesnt get better soon I'll try hairball remedies as suggested by Alpha1.

    He's such a gentle loving dog that looks up with these pitiable eyes asking it to get better. I hope it does, hes such a good pup.

    Again, thanks for the replies.

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    if the medication doesn't help I'd suggest taking him to a vet school or hospital. There they will find the problem, they won't stop looking until they find the problem. These are vet students working under highly qualified vets. They have all the latest methods and things to work with so you will get to the bottom of the problem, plus they are no more and sometimes even cheaper than your regular vet.

    Kennel cough is no worse than you getting a cold. But if the is heartworm positive that would account for the coughing

    another thought: you can get a baby vaporizer, put vicks in it and position it so it blows towards him, not on him. he will breathe in the fumes and that will help with congestion in his lungs if that is the problem
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    He is a cute pup, just watching that short video makes my heart go out to the little guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocks911 View Post
    Thanks for the replies. We took him to the vet and the vet suspects kennel cough. Well, to be fair the wife took him and my understanding is that the vet suspects he has kennel cough. He's on 2 different meds, so we'll see. He's also due for heartworm treatment August 1.

    If he doesnt get better soon I'll try hairball remedies as suggested by Alpha1.

    He's such a gentle loving dog that looks up with these pitiable eyes asking it to get better. I hope it does, hes such a good pup.

    Again, thanks for the replies.
    I was going to say it sounds like kennel cough or shipping fever . My dog had this he was shipped from Ca. to Ma. and he had a cough when I adopted him . It took 3 months to get rid of cough b/c the med wasn't strong enough . He still get a cough when it too hot or cold out or played too hard .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightowl View Post
    I was going to say it sounds like kennel cough or shipping fever . My dog had this he was shipped from Ca. to Ma. and he had a cough when I adopted him . It took 3 months to get rid of cough b/c the med wasn't strong enough . He still get a cough when it too hot or cold out or played too hard .
    As it turns out it was kennel cough and it got our other healthy dog sick. The nerve of Petsmart selling sick dogs! Two vet visits and days of antibiotics and the dogs are finally coming around. Yay!

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    It is a shame that PetSmart has dogs for adoption with such serious and contagious health issues. I would definitely contact the manager of PetSmart headquarters, or at least the manager of the local store. In my opinion, you should at least be reimbursed for your medical bills and possibly the cost of the dog. Sorry to hear you went through all this.

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    Good to hear he is okay! I was going to share that my dog started with sneezing only but now does exactly this. It unfortunely has not gone away since last year. He does it every single day multitalented times. I paid a grand last year at vet specialist nasal flush x rays blood wrk etc and nothing. I swear it's an allergy or breathing in something toxic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrichard View Post
    Good to hear he is okay! I was going to share that my dog started with sneezing only but now does exactly this. It unfortunely has not gone away since last year. He does it every single day multitalented times. I paid a grand last year at vet specialist nasal flush x rays blood wrk etc and nothing. I swear it's an allergy or breathing in something toxic.
    If your dog is doing exactly this, your dog has kennel cough. The vet gave the dog an antibiotic shot and sent antibiotic pills home with him that we gave him for a week and now he does not do this hacking/coughing at all. Its completely gone. He got our other dog infected and she also had the same treatment and now both are fine. $250 later they are both healthy and happy.

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    This is also the shelter fault for giving a sick dog to Pet Smart to sell . I am sure other dogs at Pet Smart got sick from your dog too . This wasn't very 'Smart ' of Pet Smart to keep a sick dog at their store b/c people bring their pets there when shopping . I am hard of hearing and I may able to hear my dog coughing when I was adopting him so people that worked at the shelter had to heard my dog coughing . He should had been removed and taken to the shelter vet office until he was better . He still has a cough today and been on antibiotic for 9 days, he one more day to go with his med. I am NOT blaming the OP for other dogs getting sick , this is all the shelter and Pet NOT so Smart fault ! The shelter should had paid for the OP vet bills , the shelter my dog came from paid $600 for my dog vet bills b/c he was so sick and the shelter didn't want me bringing my dog back to them to take care of .

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