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Old 07-02-2010, 01:52 PM
 
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Default Chihuahua hacking cough

My chihuahua sounds like he cant catch his breath makes me feel so bad what can I do he starts coughing and it looks like he cant breath
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:55 PM
 
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Have you considered going to the vet?
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:58 PM
 
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It can be a reverse sneeze which is not uncommon and harmless, it happens sometimes in small breeds, you can put your finger over his nostrils and it'll force him to breathe from his mouth and it should clear up, you can also stroke his neck and that might help. It could also be something serious, you dont walk him w/ a collar, do you?, a harness is much better, much less strain on his trachea. You didnt give his age, if he's older it c/b a heart problem - ?? - anyway you might post this on the Pet (Dog) section at the bottom of C-D for other opinions - hope this helps.
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Old 07-02-2010, 03:34 PM
 
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Is it a cough or a snorting sound?

Has he been to the vet recently?
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Old 07-02-2010, 03:40 PM
 
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since I have chihuahuas I feel like I can ring in here . sounds like to me it is a collapsed trachea and just rub his neck under neath and it seems to go away after that and yes I had to take mine to the vet to find out that is what it was , good luck .
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:51 PM
 
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See a vet so you will know for sure. Let us know how he is doing. Good luck.
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Old 07-03-2010, 07:51 AM
 
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Get to the vet! and yes use a harness. I have a chi chi too and you must use a harness. It sounds like it's reversed sneezing but you need to go to the vet.
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Old 07-03-2010, 01:48 PM
 
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We are a family of Chi lovers. We have 3. Tiki, Teala and Rosita or Rosie. Teala does the same thing. A vet check showed one of the chambers of her heart is enlarged. It has not gone any larger and she is doing good. Although most of the time she does this when she drinks water. It only happens with water and not tastes of other drinks.
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:11 PM
 
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since I have chihuahuas I feel like I can ring in here . sounds like to me it is a collapsed trachea and just rub his neck under neath and it seems to go away after that and yes I had to take mine to the vet to find out that is what it was , good luck .
This is exactly what I was going to say. If it isn't so much of a cough as it is a mixture of "snoring" and "snorting" with a pinch of panic mixed in, I would bet my paycheck your dog suffers from a collapsing trachea like a lot of other small breeds.

Try to get it on video and talk to the vet about it. If it is, in fact, a collapsing trachea (some vets will call it a reverse sneeze) then it's basically harmless, just scary for the dog. When the dog inhales "just so" a section of the trachea pinches off and the effect is like a straw collapsing while you try to draw a thick milkshake through it. The harder the dog tries to inhale, the more tightly the vacuum pinches the trachea shut. It eventually passes when the dog relaxes, but it can be really heartbreaking.

What works with my family's chihuahua is picking the dog up and turning her over so that her belly is facing up. That makes her clench her abdomen and put positive pressure against the back of her larynx, effectively re-inflating her collapsed trachea. She hates being turned upside down, but when the problem is solved the tail always wags.
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:33 PM
 
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collapsing trachea, how can I treat this condition. Also, my dog likes to eat human food, what is good for feeding without making him sick.
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