Q. our little dog coughs several times a day... would it be worms causing this? we purchased sentry hc worm x ds worm medicine,but still caughs

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A. Coughing can be a sign of many different issues. Worms are usually not at the top of the list except for heartworm which would be diagnosed with a blood test. In a little dog like a Pomeranian, a collapsing trachea would be a common cause. This cough usually sounds like a dry honk and happens especially when they are excited. Kennel cough could be a cause of your dog goes to the groomer, daycare, dog park or has been boarded recently. More serious issues that cause a cough are asthma and heart disease. The bottom line is your dog needs to be examined by a veterinarian and she may need to take an X-ray and do a heartworm test to determine the cause. If you are concerned about other worms, bring a stool sample.

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