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How long has Aimi had this honking cough (sudden onset within past week or for many months)? Why do you suspect collapsing trachea at this time (is this something your veterinarian diagnosed already)?
I also want to confirm if this was not diagnosed by a vet yet that this is truly a cough and not a reverse sneeze (are you familiar with this; if not here are a few videos on YouTube to watch to see if this is reverse sneezing which is a completely different topic we can discuss: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UyBrb0Hhpk). With regard to surgery, this is an extreme step that we really try to avoid until the problem becomes life-threatening. The trachea tends not to respond very well to surgery, although the techniques for surgery have improved over the past few years. There are medications we try first if collapsing trachea is diagnosed which is a combination of drugs to reduce inflammation and suppress coughing.
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