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    rcsmith812 posted:
    I live in the country and have a barn with horses. I have a minature dachshund that loves to hunt for rats. He has developed a dry gagging cough lateley and I'm sure it from digging in the barn with the dirt and horse manure and hay. Should I be concerned about this? And is there something I can do to help him with the coughing?
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    Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
    A cough can be due to many reasons. Yes, it may be irritation from the straw, dirt and other debris in the barn. It could also be something more serious such as heartworm disease, bacterial or fungal lung disease, heart disease or even cancer. It would be safest to have your pet examined by your veterinarian and follow his or her recommendations on working up the problem.
    Best of luck...
    Dr. Bernadine Cruz


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