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    Worried about possible collapsing trachea

    My 6 month old puppy has been doing this weird thing the last week or so, so I googled 'collapsing trachea' and I am now a bit worried.

    But it doesn't all fit, it says something about a honking cough, that is pretty constant. My puppy's isn't, but then it says something about coughing after drinking water and after very light pressure on the throat from the lead, and that part fits.

    The last week, whenever he drinks water he will cough a couple of times and regurgitate some water. He's getting pretty good with not pulling on the leash, but sometimes he kind of leans into the leash to get to a particularly interesting smell, and then he will cough and make a gurgly noise, and I always think 'but he wasn't even pulling hard' and have found it a bit strange.

    Are these things cause for concern? Or am I just being paranoid?

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    Re: Worried about possible collapsing trachea

    Sure it isn't a reverse sneeze? Sounds like a "honking fit". There's some youtube videos if you search it.
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    Re: Worried about possible collapsing trachea

    Nope, definitely not, my older poodle x reverse sneezes quite a bit, and it's nothing like it. It's not really a honking sound either, it's like a dry cough paired with regurgitation, like he's trying to clear his throat.

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    Re: Worried about possible collapsing trachea

    Quote Originally Posted by spotted nikes View Post
    Sure it isn't a reverse sneeze? Sounds like a "honking fit". There's some youtube videos if you search it.
    Huh, so that's the weird coughy thing Sydney does sometimes.

    I'm sorry lil_fuzzy, I don't know. Hopefully someone will come around soon with some helpful advice.

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    Re: Worried about possible collapsing trachea

    No worries, I guess I will ask the vet when I take the kitten in to be desexed, which is hopefully next week.

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    Re: Worried about possible collapsing trachea

    Remy, my 3 yr old choc. Lab was diagnosed with a weak trachea; thats what disqualified him from the guide dog program. He does a coughing thing (sounds like kennel cough) when he exerts himself. I was told to use a harness, rather than a collar, when walking him. It doesnt slow him down or affect him in any way and my vet isnt concerned, so I'm not either. By all means, have your vet check it out and I hope it's not serious. Good luck!
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    Re: Worried about possible collapsing trachea

    My poodle has a collapsing trachea and has a consistent honking cough... which is one of the main reasons we switched to a harness. Also, I read to try and keep them out of the severe cold/dry air, and limit play time so that it doesn't go on too long (we play for a bit, rest up, and play some more later.)

    After doing all my research, we decided against taking any invasive measures against it as the surgery can make things worse or not work at all. Zuni can breathe just fine and is only occasionally uncomfortable due to this, so his great quality of life doesn't really justify a surgery just yet.

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    Re: Worried about possible collapsing trachea

    He has actually mostly stopped doing it now, he did it earlier today after drinking some water, but that was the first time I heard him do it in a couple of days. Maybe it's because he's keeping the lead looser, or maybe it was just a virus. I will ask the vet anyway next time I see her, but I don't think it's anything to worry about.

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    Re: Worried about possible collapsing trachea

    Coughing happens. Kennel cough, tracheitis from eating something rough (like toy stuffing or sticks), collar damage, heart disease (unlikely), eating dry food too fast etc etc....
    Either way, it is much safer in the long run to walk your pup on a harness, especially a small breed dog. I think collars for puppies should be for identification and only attached to a leash for training sessions..and that a harness for walking etc is the best way to go. There is likely a hell of a lot more tracheal damage than we see "clinically" and prevention is half the cure..KWIM?
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    Re: Worried about possible collapsing trachea

    A poodle that I know can't use collars for that reason. When it's used he coughs quite badly with minimal pulling but other than that he's been fine. His trachea hasn't collapsed, he's just sensitive.

    All the dogs I've ever had sometimes does teh drink water and cough and spit up a bit of water at one time or another, some fast drinkers more than others. I wouldn't worry about that unless it's coupled with a few other symptoms.

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    Re: Worried about possible collapsing trachea

    Quote Originally Posted by Cracker View Post
    Coughing happens. Kennel cough, tracheitis from eating something rough (like toy stuffing or sticks), collar damage, heart disease (unlikely), eating dry food too fast etc etc....
    Either way, it is much safer in the long run to walk your pup on a harness, especially a small breed dog. I think collars for puppies should be for identification and only attached to a leash for training sessions..and that a harness for walking etc is the best way to go. There is likely a hell of a lot more tracheal damage than we see "clinically" and prevention is half the cure..KWIM?
    I see what you're saying, I think he will wear a harness from now on. Shame tho, he was doing so well with the loose lead walking, I guess he has to learn it all over again in a harness?

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    Re: Worried about possible collapsing trachea

    If he was doing well with the LLW it shouldn't take long to transfer it to the harness..once a dog has learned something, generalizing it is easier..if you were trying to do both at once it would be harder.

    good luck!
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