Sick Siberian Husky

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Hootie Bear- Claw

Barked: Wed Jan 25, '12 3:29pm PST 
My boyfriends husky has had this bad cough for probably 6 months now. Occasionally he does cough up foam as well as mucus. He has only thrown up actual dog food a few times. Some times he even starts gagging. His cough is usually bad during sleeping hours at night.

My boyfriend has taken him to them vet and they have already prescribed 2 different types a pills that did not help. They prescribed these based off Hootie's X-rays that showed black spots on his lungs. The vet believed his problem is a fungus.

We have changed his diet to a better based dried dog food and have been trying to feed him actual fish but haven't as much as we think we should. I think since we did change the diet he does not cough up foam often any more but this could have been helped by the prescription from the vet too.

The only other things that are not good about him is his flakey dry skin. He sneezes at least a few times a day. Always has eye boogers.

Today is seemed like he has a runny nose but also dry on the top of his nose.

The vet recommended us to a specialist which we plan to see soon. Has any one else ever seen this with there sick dog?

I am really concerned for his health and feel so badly for him.
Vance CGC

You kids g'off- my lawn!
Barked: Tue Jan 31, '12 12:31pm PST 
Coughing during sleep is often related to a heart condition. My Belle did this from age 8 on. She had a murmur that cause fluid buildup in her lungs, which settled when she was resting and made her cough. That doesn't jibe with black spots on the lungs, though, and a heart condition can usually be heard during a routine exam.

Fish would help with flaky skin - the extra Omega 3s are beneficial for skin/fur. You can buy an O3 supplement and throw it in his dry food. It's not as good as real fish, but it's better than nothing.

If better dry food and real food is helping with the foam, there could be a digestion issue in play. It's really difficult to say, though. There are a lot of odd symptoms there. I would definitely see that specialist.

Dry food is actually very difficult to digest and derive nutrition from. Many ill or aging dogs do dramatically better on quality canned or real food for that reason. So if it's possible, keep moving toward real food.