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Recent x-rays shows no swelling of the heart or area. The trachea is narrower at the bend where the neck joins the chest, this was discovered many years ago when he had to have x-rays after swallowing a cat toy whole. Tumors have never been brought up by the vet and we've been told that they really don't recommend surgery (He will be 14 later this year). He's also trimmer than most pugs, (we even took him hiking with us for years) and only gained a little weight (about 2lbs) in the last 4 weeks (since the vet said no exercise). We've decreased his food intake a little to compensate and he has lost a bit of the weight gained. We did start taking him on short walks again (10 minutes) during the cool part of the evening. We make sure that he doesn't get winded and the cough has not gotten worse after the walk. Would "home remedies" for soothing a sore throat/cough hurt him? I'm referring to honey w/lemon or honey w/cayenne, etc., not OTC human medication.
We're pretty much resigned to the fact that his health will continue to deteriorate given his age and diagnosis--we'd like to get a little more sleep at night and relieve the stress on his body. I know from personal experience that a constant cough can cause additional lung/bronchial issues in a human and it makes sense to me that it would be the same in any animal.
HIs coughing started back in June after we were doing demo work on our bathroom. He sounds like a honking goose. We (my husband and I) assumed that it was due to the dust/particles/mold/etc. and that it was affecting our dog similarly to the way it was affecting my own allergies. The demo work took place over a weekend and when his coughing became worse and not better over the next few days we took him to the vet. They took the first set of x-rays to rule out anything being caught and pointed out his narrow spot. The first round of hyco. and theophylline seemed to take care of the problem. However, two days or so after the course of meds ran out he was honking again. The same with the with the next two rounds. The vet then retook the x-ray and that was when they concluded "that it is probably a collapsing trachea". I assumed that the collapsing was then a slow process, such as part of the trachea slowly collapsing in on itself.
As toodifferences at nightime. There really isn't any. At first we thought that we were just thinking he coughed more at night because we are there and we are not during the daytime. After the first couple of weekends we still think it is worse at night. Perhaps it is his sleeping position on the bed with us. The bedding and detergents I use haven't changed (allergen free/scent free)
As for getting home remedies down him--I swear he's part goat--he'll eat anything. Anything "disagreeable" (like the vet meds) get hidden in a little canned dog food and he's never the wiser.