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Hello, I have a 6 lb. chihuahua who is 12 years old.. She was diagnosed this week with congestive heart failure.She is eating and drinking well and I am giving her Lasix and Enalapril.. My problem is that she coughs (hacks?) all day and all night... Is there something I can give her for the cough? She is not getting any rest and neither are we.Thanks for any help you can give me.... Have a nice day.

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Dear Debbie,

The coughing or wheezing is due to the fluid accumulation or congestion, in the lungs, which increases the effort of breathing.If you notice a worsening in  cough or wheezing which affects  breathing, this may indicate that  heart failure is getting worse.A dry, persistent cough can also be a side effect of some medicines used in heart failure.Cough is one of the majpr side effects of enalapril. Also side effects are more likely when enalapril is given with other potent drugs, such as diuretics or drugs that act to relax blood vessels.

Hence I would suggest you to reassess the situation with your vet.

regards

anand

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Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Management,Preventive medicine http://binduanand.webs.com/

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A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

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Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

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BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) 1990. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala, India under Kerala Agricultural University. Certificates Of Accomplishments- Equine Nutrition- University of Edinburgh Principles of Public Health-University of California, Irvine. AIDS- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. General Environmental Health – EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Food Protection-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Zoonoses:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Food Safety:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Occupational Safety and Health-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Rabies Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Animal Handler & Vaccinator Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Wildlife Conservation-United for Wildlife

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