I noticed this same problem with my Italian Greyhound mix puppy. I originally took her to the vet and she was prescribed antibiotics for "Kennel cough" and something for "allergic bronchitis". After the treatment she was still coughing but I finally noticed it was only after drinking! Now I have been giving her a mixture of her dry food with water (1/2 cup dry food with 1/4 cup water) so she doesn't need to drink from her water bowl as often and there is no need to give a bottle. I also raised up her food and water bowl. This combination has really helped! I'm glad to hear other people have had this same concern... a coughing dog can really make you worry.
My jack russell doesn't to it alot but when she does it looks very painful for her. She did it today after she had breakfast. She had some water and started hacking and it sounds like she is choking. It wasnt constant but it did go on for about an hour at 10-15 minute intervals. She had a drink about an hour after that and there was no coughing or hacking. What i want to know is if its just a case of the water simply going down the wrong hole..Why did it not stop for about an hour?..And also if i'm sure that she only coughs after drinking water sometimes is there really nothing to worry about? Because the sounds the hack/cough makes sounds as if there is something terribly wrong, and does look very painful for her. So if she coughs only after drinking water..is it fine for me to just stand there and know that it will pass? Jess x
my 3 yr old staffie does this but only after drinking from a tap and more so if he has got to lift his head so i try to give him water in a bowl but he much prefers running water so saving for water fountain, i would do anything for him i love him that much.
Try adding a little gelatin to the water. sometime water just goes down too quickly which causes them to choke. If you add the gelatin, it will thicken up the water a bit, and slow down the flow of water down the throat.
My dog too suffers from that. Its so horrible to watch her hack after every sip.
My mini dachshund has the same problem. Every time she drinks she hacks and cough with she is choking to death. She also cough when she woke up from sleeping, but not all the time. Vet worried it could be her heart since she is 12 yrs old already. And we did a ultra sound, but the heart is ok. So even give her inhaler, she absolutely hates it and attack the chamber... and doesn't seem to help. She triggers when the vet squeezed her throat a bit and the vet said if she has asthma, it won't do that...
Other then cough hacking after drinking and after waking up from sleep, she is totally fine, still active.
The vet thinking it may be her tracheal collapsing... but she doesn't make honking nose.
She does have reverse sneezing problem...
Now the vet suggests to do another test which allow the vet to see the whole tracheal, lung, windpipe areas, any tissue disorder etc. But it will cost over $1000 plus have to put the dog to sleep to do so.
What should I do? I'll try to feed my dog with water/mix food to see if she coughs.
I have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy and she does the same thing. After drinking water everytime (except the one time I tried to demonstrate it for the Vet) she hacks and coughs and sometimes brings up a slimy little watery mess (sometimes I can hear the air gurgling in her tummy when she is drinking too). I am worried as I think she stays pretty much dehydrated all the time but I think mixing her food with water is a GREAT idea. I tried water bottles which she likes to drink out of better but she still does it. I might also try the water fountain as when she licks water out of my hand she doesn't cough. Maybe that will work. I am going to ask about megaesophagus next time when I am at the vet. I am a physician and knew this wasn't normal but it has been sort of blown off as nothing. I will continue to try to figure out what works best for her. Glad to know she isn't the only dog with this condition.
Appreciate all the post. My 11 year old pomeranian started coughing after drinking about 6 months ago. He also will wake up sometimes coughing (but this is rare). Other than that he is perfectly fine. Had a blood test last summer for teeth cleaning. I keep thinking something would have shown up in that if it was too serious. After reading all the post I think because he is older his trachea is softening and maybe bending down to get water is now affecting him. I haven't wanted to take him to the vet for the very reason of what a a lot of the experiences you all had. Vet, pills, prescription food and they really don't know but are trying to offer some help. This blog was very helpful because so many people posted that had the same issue so I wanted wanted to make a post to help others in the future.
My dog has had the coughing problem for over a year. She was just diagnosed with collapsed trachea, medication did not work. Saw a specialist who indicated that if we could decrease the coughing, she could carry on for several years without any deteroriation of the condtion. Anyhow, I had to experiment with the drinking water problem. Last week I discovered that by elevating her bowl, just high enough for her chin to touch it (and yes, she can still drink easily)she now never coughs when she drinks-Hope this helps!
I have a mixed terrier who coughs after drinking water. He is almost 7 years old and just started doing this a couple of weeks ago. I just found this site and read the posts for help. I immediately elevated his water bowl to chin level. He finally drank the water and for the first time in weeks did not cough! I had taken him to his vet last week for this problem. He stated it could be magaesophagus. I asked if this could be dangerous and he said if my dog sucked the water into his lungs he could get pneumonia. So glad to have come across all these pet owners who love their dogs like I do. Thanks for the help!!!!!!!!!
My dog had the same problem when ever he drank water he would hack several times and then kind of try to cough something up. I tried everything to help but the following has stopped the problem. Instead of filling his water bowl completely up to the top I just fill it about 1/3 of the way up and he has not coughed since I started doing this. Why, I don't know, but it is working. I just have to put more water into his bowl throughout the day but that is no problem. Hope this helps others with this problem.
I have posted before on this issue. My dog had been coughing after drinking water for several months. I told my vet if I should be worried and he said that if Loco (my dog) coughed the water into his lungs he could get pneumonia. I have found the only way I get him to not cough after drinking. I only put a small amount of water in the water bowl at a time, about 1 inch deep. This means checking on the water most of the day which I know a lot of people can't do. But for me I can do it and it has stopped the coughing. Plus I do add water to his morning food to make sure he gets even more water into his body. This had helped my dog and hope it helps others with this problem.
IMPORTANT things to be careful that are serious side problems from choking on water:
1) Choking on the water and dying from too much water in the lungs and suffocating 2) Dying from dehydration, because the dog doesn't want to drink water and choke 3) Dying from pneumonia from water in the lungs 4) A deteriorating trachea
For these reasons, you want to try to conquer the choking on water problem, because it can be serious. You don't want to just do nothing about it. Medicine is not the answer.
2 times, my small dog must have got a lot of water down the air side, and literally flipped on her back, convulsing, eyes rolled back. I picked her up and pumped her body in a way to eject the water (pumping the rib cage and pushing the soft underbelly side upward), and then she was fine. It was really scary and a close call. Luckily, I am mostly with my dog and monitor her when she drinks water, but if you are not around, this is a problem to think about.
One time when she was dehydrated and looked limp like she was dying on a really hot day, I gave her water with a medicine type water dropper, and she did not choke at all and improved immediately.
What To Do 1) Slow the dog down, calm her, let her drink less water at a time, get naps 2) Raise the bowl to the chin level 3) Put only a little water in the bowl at a time (if you are home to refill it) 4) Bottles and droppers work great in emergency situations 5) Get a fountain if you can afford it 6) DrinkBetter Dog Bowl is an option to try if you are not home, slows the intake of water 7) Monitor your dog while drinking! Stop her if she drinks a lot really fast.
My dog is a chihuahua mini pincher terrier mix. She is a 1 year old rescue I have had 3 months now. She only coughs when drinking water. She definitely chokes for no reason other than possibly the position and drinking too much too fast. She doesn't choke on food, even though she eats like a maniac. And she does not cough at any other time.
I have 2 toy poodles, 1 is 6 lbs, and the other is teacup sized at 3.5 lbs. Both cough after drinking water. As a breeder I have noticed the same thing in every toy poodle I have had. Toy poodles have been bred down from their standard ancestors and put into a 10 lb or less package, everything is the same, just smaller, and you can imagine that it puts everything in a bit of a bind. I have never lost a dog to this coughing after drinking. They get excited, they're hot from playing, they're nervous about something, they're too busy to stop, so they have to get in a hurry to drink, so I think it's just natural for many of them to "cough" after drinking.
My teacup poodle only throws up a little after drinking more than a few tablespoons of milk. She loves a little milk from time to time. I clean it up and go on. She has had numerous required health tests and she's perfectly healthy. She just has a stomach the size of a walnut and putting more than 3 tablespoons of anything is going to be bigger than that, the excess has to go somewhere.
I have noticed that warming things up helps a little. I warm my teacup's milk, leftover canned food, and even her water in the microwave a few seconds.
Layla, had no problem eating dry dog food, but drinking water, was very hard on her..She would snort it out of her nose & gagg.. I started throwing ice cubes her way, it started a new game with her & she LOVED the ice cubes, even better than a bowl of water, !!Instead of catch the ball, it was catch the ice cube !!
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 your dog drinks fast some water may contact 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.
For mild episodes, massaging your dog's throat may help lessen the symptoms.