Why would my female Yorkshire Terrier keep having a bad cough even after she has been on a vets antibiotic?

I have just purchased a female Yorkie on February 27, 2006 she was born on October 31, 2005 but as soon as I got her in our van we noticed her cough and since then she has still got it. We have taken her to the vets and they say it could be kennel cough and is treating her with a antibiotic, but it don’t seem to be working. They also told me she could have a deformed thrakia of the throat. But when I pick her up under her chest she can even start to cough and I feel like rumbling in her chest, and when she starts coughing at the end its like she wants to hark something up but nothing never comes up. She acts happy and healthy and is eating and playing all the time. She doesn’t act sick at all. But if anyone can answer me this question to what is wrong or possibly wrong with her I would deeply appreciate it. We are planning on breeding her in the future. But it looks like we may be having to run some more test to see what is the exact problem. Waiting anxiously to hear from someone.

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One Response to “Why would my female Yorkshire Terrier keep having a bad cough even after she has been on a vets antibiotic?”

  1. wabbitqueen says:

    Sounds like kennel cough all right… just because it was treated with an antibioitic doesn’t mean it was treated with the right one. Some bacteria are resistant to some antibiotics. Your vet can take a sample of the bacteria from the dog’s throat and swab it onto medium in a petri dish and see what grows, then try different antibiotics on it to see which antibiotic is best to treat with. (If your vet doesn’t want to or know how to do this herself, it can be sent out to a lab that does this sort of thing all the time.) It’s called a "culture and sensitivity" test.

    She may be coughing due to reasons unrealated to bacteria, like a collapsing trachea. A lot of small-breed dogs have trouble with that. As long as she seems happy, just be careful with her throat (don’t yank on her leash or collar, etc.) and don’t worry about it; enjoy your pet!

    As to your breeding question… if they told you her trachea was deformed, DO NOT breed her. You run the risk of causing the same problems in her puppies. Not only is that not fair to the puppies, but it is kind of dishonest to the people you try to sell the puppies to. Never breed an animal that you are not absolutely sure will produce happy, healthy puppies that meet the AKC breed standards in every way. This does not mean your dog is any less of a wonderful pet to you, but there is no reason to bring puppies into the world knowing they will have health problems.

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