It's not all the time, but just after she eats or drinks. And it's worse if she drinks after a hard run. Mostly nonproductive, except sometimes she coughs up water. Then she goes about her business.
My vet says this kind of cough is common in small dogs I think because they have a small trachea? Anybody here deal with this? What can I do for her? We have free choice dry small bites of food, and I notice it's worse after eating. So today I gave her canned and dry mixed and there was no choking afterwards. So I'm thinking she needs the moist food to help her swallow? I've never had a small dog before, but I've seen my son's chi gradually get worse with this over the years, and I don't want that to happen to her if I can help it.
My dog Tommy too coughing like a human. It sounds like human cough. This is from cough or from throat pain where we pull the belt or chain near neck when it keeps to run out of our control. I am confuse about whether it is cough or throat pain it is suffering so far.?
You should not be using a normal leash and collar. Use a harness when you take him out, and if possible don't leave his collar on him in the house. Nothing should be putting pressure on his neck.
Also, his food and water bowls should be raised off the floor so he can stand with his neck straight while eating or drinking.
This probably won't solve the cough, but it will make it more comfortable for him.
Another thing I know about, because my son has a grossly overweight chihuahua: the fat in that area puts a terrible strain on their lungs and heart, and causes serious breathing problems. Moose has now lost about 3 lbs, from 12 down to 81/2. It has probably added years to his life.