Hey all, Well, Toby had 3 more episodes last nite. I called the vet today. She is leaning towards the collapsing trachea vs. kennel cough. :( We are going to monitor his episodes until Tuesday. If he has enough to warrant medication then we will go that route. (She said a cough medication of some kind.)Poor little guy, he looks so pathetic when it happens and it scares the h*** out of me. All I can do is watch and wait.
Awhn, Poor Puppy. Keep us updated. If it is the trachea thing, it really isnt the end of the world. He will learn to settle himself when it happens. If Mazel sees some beef that I am going to give her she sometimes gets so excited that she has a little trouble breathing. What she does is she will turn away so that she can not see the meat because she knows it makes her to excited untill it passes. I wonder what she wants to give him for the trachea, Mazel has never been on any meds, if they help you will have to let me know what they are.
Emma, The vet said some kind of cough med. It would help keep the trach from becoming irritated which can cause the coughing and collapsing. Or some sequence like that. I am still not clear on whether or not he will always have to be on this med or not. When Mazel does it, does it sound like a kid with the croup? (Like a seal barking?) Deep sound? Toby does not do it when he is excited though. He wasn't doing anything much at all when it happened last nite. That's the part that I don't get. We will see how it goes. Thanks for telling me it's not the end of the world. I was afraid it might be life threatening or shorten his life span. I am going away tonite until Sunday. I will catch up with everyone then. Have a good weekend.
I dont think that is really what Mazel sounds like. It is not really a cough, it is air trying to pass through the collapsed tube and it produces a rattely gasping or almost a goose honk sound. I would make sure that your vet moniters the condition over Toby's life, after they have had the problem for a while the cartilage can become even weaker and the trachea can become cronically inflamed, both of these problems can be treated with surgery or medication. If it really sounds like a cough and considering it doesnt seem to be happening after excersize or when he is excited, I would wonder if it really is the trachea.
Yes, Wendy! All dogs have it, but toy breeds & short-muzzled dogs are more prone. She was just doing it more than usual, so he have us something to clear up that irritation in her throat that was causing more than usual collapsing. A short bout once every other day, or even every day, is perfectly fine & normal. If your dog doesn't do it for a while, good! And yes, I am 12 :D ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
Allie, I do not think that all dogs have collapsing tracheas. Most dogs to experience some backwards sneezing at one time or another where the pharynx (back of the throat) goes into spasms but that is different.
WENDY.... Hey there, my aussie has been through alot of what it sounds like you are going through. At first everyone told me collapsed trachea, that was why she was, as I call it "SNARFING". It is the only way I can explain it. She is now 10 months old, and sometimes she still does it but very rarely. At first she did it CONSTANTLY! It is like a sudden intake of air through her nose when her head stick out and it looks like she can breathe.... right? I guess it is called "reverse sneezing" or something and they are trying to line up the trachea. It is no big thing.... you get used to it after a while. And after a while like in a few months it will go away.... they start to realize they are still breathing. At least my girl did, and when she does it, I rub her throat. The underside, to help her out, it usually stops the snarfing sooner! But, after some blood work, they found she also has kennel cough, and we are on meds now for it....... now she coughs more than snarfs..... Lemme know! Amanda in Upstate NY
if it is the collapsing trachea, and it happens all the time, there is a surgery where they can put rings in the trachea to keep it open. i have never seen it done or know anyone who has had it done, but i have read about it.
My little boy has the same problems..Reverse Sneezing.. Mainly after he drinks water, or roughhousing. I found that talking to him like everything is normal and telling him it's time for us to go...Relieves him...We smell fresh country air, watch the butterflies fly and paw at the fish as they swim in the lake.