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Hello - Im new to this forum, but have been reading it for a while.

My 7-yr Dobie - Rocket - has been having problems the last few months with gagging/couching up clear mucas like fluid when he lays down - usually a few hours after eating. We took him into for a Heart sonagram - his heart is in great shape (thankfully) but he is still coughing up clear fuild. The Vet says his lungs sound clear (so did the 2nd vet we took him to for a second opinion). We are just finishing a round of steriods - helped a little but he had to pee alot.

He has wobblers and is on a low dose of steriods - helps him be able to get around better. He also is on thyroid meds.

Any ideas why the coughing/gagging up clear fluid?

I was wondering if he is having trouble with his food - Purina Dog Chow - and am starting to wean him off and onto IAMs. He does not puke up his food.

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Rocket Dog
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Dobie cough

Hello, looking for help for my wonderful, sweet Dobie named Rocket.

He's 7, has wobblers but can get around OK - just can't run anymore.

He's been coughing off/on lately and up comes clear fluid.

Vets have rule out DCM and his lungs sound clear. They say he doesn't seem to have kennel cough.

He's up-to date on all his vacinations.

He is on a low dose of steriods for wobblers and thryoid meds.

Any ideas why he's coughing? Breaks my heart to hear him do this.
 

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The vets which have ruled out DCM... were any of them cardiologists?

Has he had bloodwork run? Has he had his nasal pasages examined? Has the fluid he is producing been sent off for a culture and sensitivity test?
 

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Ditto to above. Hmmm...your vet doesnt know what it is, but he knows its not cardio. I think you need some diagnostics like an ultrasound of the heart for one. I am sorry your boy is not doing well and I hope this is nothing serious, but if this is cardio related, you need to find out quickly.
 

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Are you near Portland? I think I would have a board certified vet cardiologist check him out. Here's the info:

Dr. Andrew W. Beardow
82 Chadwick St
Portland
(917) 513-4533

Good luck. Hope Rocket will be ok.
 

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Parasites like heartworm and roundworms can cause coughing. So can allergies and foreign bodies in the throat. IOW-lots of possibilities....
 

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Rocket has been seen by Vet Cardio

Thank you for the replies.

Yes, Rocket has a sonogram by a cardio Vet - he said his gheart looks great for a 7-yr old Dobie.

He is a blanket sucker - im wondering if he has somehow got fibers in his ungs and that is causing the problem.

Poor guy - he was diagnosed with wobblers when 5-yrs old - hard enough foir him to deal with - and now this.

Tested for heartworm last fall, up-to date on all his vacinations.
 

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You may need to see a specialist who can do an upper GI scope.
 

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Great to hear he has been seen by a cardio vet. Sounds like he needs a complete workup, maybe even with xrays or/and a scope like RFR suggested. Does he have enviromental allergies? Pollen has been HEAVY this year! What about grass in his throat...does he eat grass?
 

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Did he have a holter monitor, as well, when the cardiologist did the echo?
 

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Thanks to all who are responding...

Rocket's ecocardiography was about 3-weeks ago - he did not wear a holter. Dr. MacGregor was reccommended by 3 Vets. He said his heart looked surprisinly good for a Doberman his age - great blood flow, no enlargement, etc. All 3 Vets also said his heart sounds good, good blood flow, pink gums, etc. Also, his lungs sound clear - no gurgling.

Been wondering about allergies - Rocket does eat grass.

Also, he is a blanket sucker (which he can chew on). Took the moving blanket away the beginning of the year - he was getting the stuffing out of it - was getting down his throut. Replaced it with a fleece blanket. Wondering if he got some fabric in his lungs.

Yes, he does eat grass. And his eyes are more runny than before - maybe allergies.

He's laying here now hiccuping (a new thing) and will start a wet cough soon. It comes and goes.

He's eating, drinking, and 'going' OK.

Im taking in a fecal sample today, talked to the Vet about XRays and bloodwork but I can't get him into the truck - he weighs 100 lbs! Going out of town on business - will see if I can bring him in on Saturday.
 

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I'm not sure that this is either here or there... whatever this is wouldn't be symptomatic of arrhythmia, I wouldn't think.
Gosh, I'm sorry. I forgot to PM you and ask your opinion about whether that was relevant enough to question on the board :rolleyesww:

Trying to get a feel for the "big picture," here, for this dog, and which diagnostics have been done already.

OP, thanks for answering--you're a good historian, and it sounds like you're doing your best to sort this out for your boy.

I would likely consult with my vet about some allergy meds, if you've not already done so, and consider sedating him for a good oral exam, see if anything is visible to the naked eye, causing him issues in his mouth/throat.

Then, if you're not seeing progress, might be time to do that 'scope.

Please let us know how he's doing, keep us updated.
 

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I've combined your two threads for you.
 
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Goods news - his fecal test came back negative - so he does not have worms. And he hasn't been coughing this afternoon (comes & goes). :)

The Vet wants me to put him back on 4 mg of steriods per day while I'm on travel - not a good idea - he can't control himself at that high dose and no one will be here to let him out during the day. I think we will not do that and take him in next week when I get back. b-t-w: he is on 1 mg perday maintenace for wobblers. A risk, but does help him get around.
 

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Any chance he could be having problems with acid reflux? A few years back one of my Whippets was having some issues with coughing and gagging and actually developed aspiration pneumonia from we finally figured out was acid reflux. It was occurring a few hours after he ate and during the night. We started him on 10mg of famotidine twice a day and it helped immediately...no more coughing and gagging. I found that fattier foods (pork and lamb) and large meals were a trigger for his reflux so we tweaked his raw diet and started feeding smaller meals a few times a day instead of just one larger meal. I also used slippery elm bark gruel to help heal any irritation in his esophagus and he's never had any problems since. I do keep famotidine on hand just in case but I don't use it regularly anymore.

Just something to consider especially since he's on pred which can further irritate the stomach.
 
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