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maise
« on: April 27, 2005 12:06:04 AM »

I know this isn't craft related, but I'm curious since there are a lot of pet owners out there if anyone else's dogs have this same problem. My dog Molly seems to start this strange coughing (or reverse sneezing as some have called it) when she gets excited or sometimes when she runs or after drinking. It is like a snorting because her mouth is shut. She's had this for a couple months, and I thought she was getting over it until the past couple days where started doing it again. I'm going to take her to the vet this week to get her checked out, but I wanted to see if others have seen this so I go in prepared to get her taken care of. I was filming her the other day as she was playing and being funny and caught her coughing/sneezing on video. I've uploaded it so maybe someone could help.

It's uploaded here: http://www.blackenedangel.com/molly/coughing.avi

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2005 01:24:41 AM »

In my experience, some dogs just do that when they get excited, though it definitely wouldn't hurt to get her checked out just in case.
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2005 01:56:55 AM »

My cousin in law's chihuahua does that also. its sort of a genetic thing called reverse coughing. here is a link to a chihuahua breeder talking about it and her answer
http://groups.msn.com/RhondasChihuahuaBreeding/qapageonchihuahuas.msnw

Q,What is reverse coughing?
A,I've been ask why does my chihuahua cough like he is choking?Does he have kennel cough?Not likely the chihuahua does a cough (honking)he will most likely stand up,neck outstreched,making the noise,It looks and sound,s really bad but it is where your chihuahua's pallate becomes mis-alligned in his throat they make the noises to try to change the position of the pallate(reverse coughing is common in the chihuahua,
 
Q,What can I do when it does this?
A,Stay clam(when I first heard mine I thought it was dying I starting crying making it worse on him)You can rub under the neck and let them know it is ok,
 
Q.Can I pervent it?
A,No But you can watch and see what sets it off,(excited is one thing)(also running really hard) meeting new people or pets,
 
Q,Will it harm my pet?
A.Not reverse coughing(But you should check with your vet to make sure it is only reverse coughing & not something serious)"


Hope this helps some. I'm a dog owner and know how it feels to be worried about my little buster-boo Smiley.
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2005 05:36:11 AM »

i used to work at a vet, and to me, it looks like a collapsing trachea.  i know that it happens relatively often with bichons/poodles; both of mine have had that problem.  basically, what happens is some of the cartilege either stretches out or otherwise doesn't support the windpipe any more, so the trachea collapses in on itself.  it's something that corrects itself in a short time; the coughing is forcing air past that helps it reform the proper shape.  what i have done, however, when my puppies start hacking away is to gently massage their throat, kind of putting my fingers on both sides of the trachea and jiggling a little, VERY gently.

it's not anything you have to worry about rushing off to the vet immediately, unless the duration seems excessive, but the next time you're in there, be sure to mention it. 

btw, kudos on uploading the film to show what she's doing, and she's such a cuddlebug!
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maise
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2005 10:54:00 AM »

thank you sooo much for your responses. i'm going to try massaging her throat next time she has a coughing attack and see if that helps. we usually try to comfort her by petting her and give her a chance to settle down. once the attack is over, she's fine, like nothing happened. we've seen other dogs do this at the dog park so its good to know its common and not something urgent.
thanks again
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2005 10:57:10 AM »

Conan does it too.  Its gotten so that its more disturbing to other people than it is to me.  Though sometimes there is a look of panic in his little eyes.....
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2005 10:46:50 PM »

I agree with everyone here.  It sounds so scary but usually not something to be too concerned about, but do tell your vet.  It is really common in little dogs but unfortunately, I am a trainer, not a vet so I can't tell you why  Sad  When it happens at daycare I usually try to ignore it unless it goes on for more than 10 seconds then I pick them up and bring them to a quiet room and try to calm them using some t-touch.
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2005 01:14:56 PM »

My chihuahua mix started doing this and she would be a bit panicked. We took her to the vet and they thought her throat had gotten scratched and she was put on a pain med and an antibiotic. It cleared right up. Apparantly her dog food was too big and she had scratched her throat. Reverse sneezes (or coughs) are very common in small dogs though. Always good to let you vet check it out.!!! GOod luck.
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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2005 08:57:34 AM »

My Betsy, a Shih tzu does that, too.  I used to have a cock-a-poo that did that.  There never seems to be any rhyme or reason to it.  Some timetimes she is playing on the carpet or hardwood floor, and sometimes she is just laying down or sleeping.
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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2005 07:42:07 AM »


I have had two Chis, and now a Chi-Weenie.  Only my Chis ever did this.  It's very common, although it's very frightening to go through for them and you.  Similiar to what the others said, just remain calm, keep any other animals/pets or kids away from them until they calm down.

We pick Bella up and hold her with her head on our shoulder and slowly stroke over her head and all the way down her back and whisper calming things to her.  She's usually over it by the 30 second point.

But do go the vet to have it checked to be sure.  Especially since your Chi is rubbing his/her snout on the ground.  I've never seen that in any of Chi. . . just to be sure it's not a collapsed trach.
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