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It is not unusual for dogs to react to the endotracheal tube after surgery since it can irritate the tissues of the trachea and show as irritation in her throat. This is always temporary. This is used to give the inhallation anesthesia and is common. This also may be due to acid reflux but this does not happen if your sweet gal had been fasted as instructed prior to the procedure. The medications that she is on should resolve this for your gal especially the steroids if this is due to the tube which would be more common than acid reflux. If this does not resolve soon, your vet will have to run further diagnostics to determine what type of damage has been done...hopefully, this will all heal and your gal wil be fine.Does that make sense to you?
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This is very unusual but your sweet gal may be more sensitive to the tube or this could have brought on a collapsing trachea that may not show up on xrays. Asthma is also on the differential list and this should show on the blood work post op....
Endoscopy of the trachea can tell your vet if there is damage to the trachea due to the tube. It appears that your vet is focusing on the nose and upper airways rather than the trachea itself. Since no results can explain your gal's distress, further diagnostics will be required. I wish I could give you an answer but without the results of further diagnostics, it is hard for me to know.
Yes, discuss this with your vet...they may have already ruled this out but may not have and examination of the trachea may give more insights into helping your sweet gal.