My German Shepherd had been diognosed with Kennel Cough a few years back and now is coughing again (mostly at night). My current vet wants to do x-rays, thinking she might have a heart problem. Is there a difference between the two coughing symptoms? Estimated costs for the x-rays are looking at $1,000.00. I have read your info on Kennel Cough but can’t find anything on Cardio coughing. Blessings,
Thank you for your inquiry to Holistic Pet Info. Kennel cough usually occurs throughout the day, and most dogs recover on their own in a few weeks. Cardiac signs/cough often occur during exercise or while recumbent for a long period of time such as sleeping.
If your vet suspects a cardiac problem, x-rays and possibly an ECG would be advisable. You may seek a second opinion and have the x-rays done at another clinic, as this estimate does seem a bit excessive. If you receive a diagnosis of cardiac disease, please write again to discuss further heart supplement options. Best of luck.
Colleen Smith DVM, CVA