My 2 yr old just had her first litter of pups. she is in my bedroom and I notice that she coughs after she drinks about 2-3 times. She just drank out of a water bottle and didn't cough. She never coughs when she plays or get excited, just after drinking. I have never seen her do this before. I read about collapsed trechea and that doesn't seem to fit the bill. I tried pushing lightly on her trechea to see if she would cough and she didn't. I just put her back with her babies and she drank really fast out of her bowl and then cough, cough, honk, gag and looked up at me like" what are you looking at"? Any ideas?
Ok, obviously I can't see the dog coughing or how the dog drinks so I'll just pass this by you, see if it applies.. In the throat is a flap that moves up and down depending on if the dog is swallowing or breathing. It lifts up for breathing and closes down for food and water intake. Sometimes, some dogs will, in an excited moment, will snort.Or some call it a reverse sneeze but really its the dog trying to suck air in to move the flap back into place, because some dogs have problems in that area. In your case it sounds like the dog is drinking and haveing the same problem, if the dog is drinking and his head is lowered, the flap may be getting into the wrong position, cause when hes drinking hes breathing to inbetween gulps, when you use a water bottle most are raised up somewhat so the dog doesn't have to put his head down. Putting his head down may be the problem.
Magaesophagus: Thats like something you usually see early in life, and its mostly regurgitation of food, meaning they keep throwing it up.
***Edited By: sue on 3/8/2006 9:27:47 PM*** Reason: gfbwrgtb
jeanie it just sounds to me like she is drinking too fast and/or it is going down the wrong pipe. she might be gulping in air while she is drinking. i'd worry if it became more persistant or started after other activities.
Thanks guys, when I saw her drink form the water bottle she didn't do it. No food or water comes out but I will check into that other problem Katz posted about. I have been watching her like a hawk and if she drinks slower she seems not to cough. I will have her checked by my vet to make sure. Like I said I never noticed it before and she is active and doesn't cough, but now thats she's in my room I hear every move she makes. ( including her whining at 4:30 am for potty!!)
I had a foster who had the Mega esophagus problem.He was a mini schnauzer that we rescued from a puppymill along with his si.The sis had it worse.He had to go on science diet it was the only food that he wouldnt puke up all of it.We had to feed hima peice at a time andhad to tilt his head back.He also didnt live the normal life or hissiter.tehy were notth adopted out and both died last year at the age of six.To me it sounds liek she is just drinking fast
Jeannie, I think I know what you are talking about and if so, YES! My Yorkie / Poodle, Mia, does that nearly every time he drinks water and never anytime else. I read about it and it is something called "reverse sneeze" common in small breed dogs and a few large breeds like Labs. (Mia is small-12 lbs)
Anyways, try blowing in her nose when it happens and she will stop. My vet said to do that, and I do, and Mia stops. By blowing air in his nose, my Vet said I am pushing the "clot" of air (sneeze) he is experiencing back out. Hope this helps :)
My dog has the exact same issue and it's new. She's 4 (border collie mix, 34 lbs) and this just started a few weeks ago. It doesn't seem to be just when she drinks fast..it's anytime she drinks water. I brought her to the vet who xrayed her and found nothing lodged but did say her heart was slightly small which could be as a result of dehydration (no surprise considering the way she hacks after she drinks). Vet put her on a cough suppresent and antibiotic but my gut tells me this isn't a virus-type problem. Can't belive I found somebody online with the exact same. I've started giving her water in small amounts and with a cup (she loves to drink out of cups) but it doesnt stop the hacking. So far though, with the little bits at a time, she hasn't actually throne up. I will try the blowing in her nose thing. Please let me know if you find something that works! I would hope she could drink without me being around to blow in her nose (if it does work). Can't wait to see how she looks at me the first time I try this : ) Thanks!
I adopted a min poodle almost 2 months ago and I took him to a vet and he said his cough was "kennel cough". Every time.. I have noticed him drinking.. he coughs. He never coughs any other time. They put him on antibiotics and a surpressant. I don't think it's that. The meds just made him tired and he still coughs after drinking water. I'm going to ask this evening when we go back to his vet about that magaesophagus and see what they say. :- )
hey even my golden retriever does tht. especially when she has water after her walk. i dunno if its a cough but it sounds like the water is gettin into her windpipe. please let me know if you know of any way to take care of this
My dogs used to drink their water fast and then cough as well only sometimes we got a nasty slimy water vomit supprise! Being a Mastiff breed it is no small puddle. The level of the water was not the problem since I have always used raised feeder/water.
The problem finally stopped when I got them the Big Dog water fountain. I still place it on a crate to raise the level for them. Now they don't even drink out of the bowl portion but drink from the waterfall portion. So they are not gulping or straining bending down the water simply flows into there mouth and now no more caughing :)
Some dogs will cough and gag whenever they drink water but never do it any other time. When dogs drink they actually throw the water toward the back of the throat with a neat trick of the tongue. If the dog drinks fast some water contacts the sensitive tissues within the larynx which triggers a cough response. If your dog can run, play, pant and breathe without a chronic cough and only does it when drinking, then it's nothing serious and you can ignore it.
just to let you know (even tho i'm sure you've gotten your answer by now), my little peke has done that ever since i got him as a puppy (3 years ago). it doesn't matter if he drinks fast or slow, he would always cough. and when he did it around people they would always get scared and yell, "your dog is throwing up!" and i'd reply with the usually "nah, he always does that" but i'd always feel bad thinking maybe something was wrong. i finally decided to look it up on the net, and found this thread. hopefully the last post is correct and it's nothing to worry about ;)
My papillion has that problem. The vet said that when she bends forward to drink from the dish it closes her windpipes and then when her head comes up she chokes a bit on what she had drank. The solution was to get a dish that stood up about head level. We got one with a nice stand and sure enough it has just about eliminated the coughing issue. So try raising the water dish to head level of the dog.
Hello All! - i have been trying to find our why my dachshund coughs and gags only after drinking water as well. i could see it was painful and irritating for her and she avoided drinking as much as possible. Elevating her drinking bowl did not help. i did notice that when she only had a small amount of water in her bowl it was less likely to happen. She would avoid drinking and be dehydrated most of the time. i came up with a solution that works for us. I started mixing her food and water together and the coughing and gagging stopped. She mainly eats dry "science diet light/small bites" so i mixed a 1/4 cup of dry food with about 2/3 cup of water, and she would drink the water and eat at the same time. i sometimes microwave the food and water for 10 seconds to make a broth. other times I microwave it for 30 seconds and let it sit for 5 minutes until all the water is absorbed to make it as soft as canned food. i add cold water or ice to cool it down so it is not too hot for her. i can't tell you what a relief this has been for me to see her stop suffering that way. i hope it works for some of you.