Mon, Dec 25, 2023

Noticed this morning Shiloh been coughing and coughing up a clear slimy mucus . She had been pretty normal today besides her having some tremors after she would cough up the mucus . She has drank water periodically today like normal.

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Given that she is a 3-year-old Basset Hound with no history of medical conditions and is up to date on her DHPP 5-in-1 and Rabies vaccinations, there are several potential reasons for her symptoms.

The presence of coughing accompanied by clear, slimy mucus can be indicative of a respiratory infection, such as canine infectious tracheobronchitis, commonly known as kennel cough. This condition is often characterized by a persistent, forceful cough and can lead to the expulsion of mucus. It's also possible that she could be experiencing an allergic reaction or irritation from environmental factors like dust or pollen.

Tremors following coughing episodes could be a result of the physical exertion from coughing or could be related to a more serious underlying condition. It's reassuring that she is drinking water normally, which is important for maintaining hydration.

You can also use a humidifier to help soothe her respiratory tract. Make sure she continues to have access to fresh water at all times.

Pay close attention to her breathing. If you notice any signs of labored breathing, a significant increase in mucus production, a change in the color of the mucus (such as it becoming yellow, green, or containing blood), or if she becomes lethargic, stops eating, or shows signs of distress, these would be indications that immediate veterinary attention is needed.

Additionally, if the coughing persists for more than a few days or worsens, it would be prudent to seek veterinary care.

It's also important to keep her away from other dogs until she is better, as some causes of coughing can be contagious. If she is not on flea and tick prevention, consider discussing appropriate options with your vet, as parasites can also lead to coughing.

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