Q. My Japanese Chin is coughing its a dry cough
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. A dry hacking cough may indicate an issue with the lungs or throat, and may be due to irritation (such as allergies), illness such as kennel cough, or even functional problems with the respiratory system. It is best to schedule an appointment with your vet who can look into your dog's throat and may also recommend bloodwork or an X-ray to check for common problems if the coughing does not resolve on its own in a few days or if it worsens. Until you can get to the vet it may be best to restrict activities that lead to coughing (such as too much exercise) as well as to keep her hydrated and eating.