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My dog coughs, hacks, not all the time. Many times she will

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My dog coughs, hacks, not all the time. Many times she will cough up some food, about an 1/8th of a cup. What could that be?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

How often does this happen?

Is it a deep, hacking, goose honking cough?

Does it happen more with activity or at rest?

How much does she weigh?

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
It is sporatic. The cough seems to come from her throat as if she is trying to get something up. It definately is a hacking. It happens mostly when she is active, but at times when she is at rest, like this morning aroung 5 AM. She weighs 8 pounds.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Fom what you describe, including the age, breed, and signs reported - namely the description of the cough, I would be most interesting in evaluating for a collapsing trachea (mild based on your signs)

TREATMENT: (MEDICAL VERSUS SURGICAL)

MEDICAL MANAGEMENT
The following steps are often helpful in long-term management of the tracheal collapse patient:

1) Cough suppressants are used. (torbutrol, hycodan, etc)

2) Corticosteroids such as prednisone can be used, but are best used on a short term basis due to side-effects potential.

SURGICAL MANAGEMENT/INTERVENTIONAL

If medical management does not produce satisfactory results, and the respiratory distress is still present, either a placement of a tracheal stent or surgical rings to widen the trachea should be considered. Surgical therapy of tracheal collapse requires a surgery specialist.

Usually surgery, or tracheal stent placement are not first line treatments, but if medical management fails, tracheal stent placement or surgery can be considered.

Of course, the best is to make sure (with x-rays) there is not another cause such as pneumonia which made the trachea worse - or meaning - had to work harder to breathe and collapse more.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Is it possible that this could be kennel cough? Just what is kennel cough?
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Kennel cough is a self-limiting viral infection that should last no more than 10-14 days.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Well this has been going on for months. Sometimes she is just fine for a week or two and they the problem comes back.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
That would make kennel cough practically impossible then...
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
But if it is truly her trachea, is that consistent with her having periods of no problem.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Yes
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
But if it is truly her trachea, is that consistent with her having periods of no problem.
I accidently pushed accept answer when I wanted to continue.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
Yes - it is.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Can the trachea reposition it self? I'm sorry I sound like such a fool. But I want to be to fully understand this problem. I definately will take her to the vet.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
It is not a bad position - just weak cartilage.

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Please click "ACCEPT" if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for my work. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated. Thank you.

The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.