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Old 06-11-2006, 07:32 PM
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I think my chi may have a collasped trachea. He is couphing or gagging like, but doesn't throw up. I am very concerned about this. Does anyone else have this problem with their chi. I know that is it very commom for chi's but it is stressing me out. Toby looks so misserable when he has one of these episodes. I have called the vet and may take him in today or wait until tommorow. I just need some info from someone who has dealt with this before. Toby is also laying around more than usual. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 06-12-2006, 05:12 AM
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You'll probably get more responses if you post this in the chi questions section. More people read the posts over there. Good luck with your baby.
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Old 06-20-2006, 07:13 PM
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My Goliath has a collapsing trachea. It looks horrible but its not so bad. He does look miserable when he has a fit and he'll do days and weeks without fits and then one day have 4 or 5 in a row. He also has fits if he runs at high speeds, like playing chase with my moms dog. For the most part it doesn't bother him at all. If it becomes a very regular event and the dog looses consciousness then call the vet because they can put a spring like support into the trachea which will keep it open. I know that G doesn't need one of those, but if his does get worse I"ll consult our vet.
Also don't put ANYTHING around your dogs neck, no collars, bandanas, necklaces, nothing. This will irritate the dog, even if it is loose. I leave G's tags on his harness and he wears his harness everywhere we go. And in summer he has it only nearly 24 hours a day because he goes outside off leash and if he decides to wonder over to the neighbours (hes only done this once thank god) and he gets lost (which hasn't happened yet, amazingly) ppl will know how to contact me. Besides everyone in my neighbourhood knows my dog , but we are moving soon, though our new backyard is fenced, YAY.
So just keep an eye on your dog, No neckwear, use a harness and monitor how frequent the bouts are and you and the dog should be ok.
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Old 08-03-2006, 02:24 PM
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Tiny does the same thing when she gets so excited. Usually, I would rub her nose and stroke her throat. Try that. It always works.
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Old 08-03-2006, 04:44 PM
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Actually, what I do is cover her nostrils with my fingers so that she is forced to breathe through her mouth. This stops the episodes instantly. Also, rubbing/massaging the throat area/chest helps too. My baby always gets these episodes when she's running around too much at a high speed or when she gets really excited to see me. If it gets bad though, you would want to consult a vet. Good luck!
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My Lincoln, and Rambo both suffer from these fits, they can be very scarey. I also rub the throat and chest area and it does seem to help.
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My 11 yo Maybish has it, her first attack hit her last spring. It was not just a short time fit, She coughed non stop, like someone with TB. I took her to my local vet, he gave her meds which did not help, but referred her to a specialist, But was weeks before they could get her in, in the meantime, neither of us slept, We discussed surgical options but at her age.. He did a complete lab work up and other than the trachea she was perfectly healty.. He put her on the same meds as my local vet, but at 5 times the dose..knocked her out cold.. but slowly I was able to cut back her meds and she has only had one relapse since the orignial episode and one dose of the med cleared it up, So instead of treating it, we are more into prevention, There is no smoking in the house, ( very irritating, cause her trachea to spasm) and purchased an air purifier and she does not go outside at all if it is humid, No carpet freshners and like someone said, no collars, even if your baby does not have it now, it can wear the cartlidge out ( which is why they collapse, the rings are either too fragil or worn out) Hope this helps..
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