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post #1 of 70 (permalink) Old 10-25-2007, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Squirt is coughing

Squirt has started coughing after she drinks water. I took her to the vet today, and he suspects possible collapsing trachea syndrome. Everything else looks normal, her appetite is fine, and she is playful.

Or do you think it could be a reverse sneeze? But why would she reverse sneeze only after drinking water, and almost every time she drinks.

Here is a video on YouTube of the Squirt coughing. Thanks for looking.

Sorry, I can't get it to link right. The whole video keeps showing up here. Sorry.

Well carp, I don't know why the vieo isn't working right. Sorry.


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post #2 of 70 (permalink) Old 10-25-2007, 08:55 PM
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I don't know the difference but if it is persistent, I would want xrays done right away. Here is some info on the maltese forum. I know my friend with the pug had reverse sneezing but this was when she was really active and my friend would cover her nose and she would stop when she breathed out her mouth. It was enough to scare me like crazy though!

http://www.malteseonly.com/trachea.html

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Oreo used to do this when he was very young. And I always thought that he was choking from not slowing down when he was drinking. He has grown out of it and has not done it at all. I didn't know that it could be signs of a collapsed trachea.. Please get it checked out and rule out that it isn't that. Keep us posted.

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Shelby used to cough when she was younger, but it was a real hack, like she was choking. Then it stopped. The past week or so, it has been back. In her case I think it is allergies. It doesn't happen when she drinks. Also, she does reverse sneeze. What Squirt is doing sounds like a real cough.
I would get a second opinion, or at least have some tests done if there is any doubt in your mind.


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Poor little squirt! My guys never had this problem so I sadly cant help except to send kisses to Squirt and hope you get some answers soon!

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I hope Squirt is okay! Did you ask the breeder if she was coughing or anything like this when he had her?

I think Melissa has the videos set up to where they can play directly on the forum w/o having to go to youtube.

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I would describe a reverse sneeze as more of a hacking or wheezing sound, and not a cough. It reminds me a little more of a cat when they are trying to cough up a hairball. It is easily stopped if you cover both nostrils of Squirt.

Did Squirt ever do it for your vet to hear?

Your vet is probably going to have the best guess, especially in light of that link Amanda posted - where it says that one of the noticable signs of a collapsed trachea is coughing after drinking.

Amanda, what a perfect link for this topic. That is a really informative page!
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Sorry to hear about Squirt's coughing! Let us know what the vet thinks it could be, o.k.?

When you linked the you tube video clip, it is normal for it to show the whole video here in the thread. Melissa made it so that we can do that instead of going to the youtube.com site. Try it again and the video window should appear in your post. That's good! We'll just click on the 'play' button and see it that way.




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Okay, I put the video back in.

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Sedona coughs after drinking water too. It's not all the time, mostly after she drinks water after play.

I just figured it is because she drinks too much too fast. Now that summer has passed I'm going to make her use a water bottle instead of a water bowl and see if that helps. Perhaps she too needs a visit to the vet.

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