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My Schipperke makes a hacking or huffing sound as if he were

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My Schipperke makes a hacking or huffing sound as if he were trying to dislodge something in his throat. He seems to do this whenever he gets excited, which, for a Schipperke, is very frequently. Soothing him with petting, etc. helps him to stop but it will go on for some time and seems involuntary. He has done this ever since we adopted him, years ago. One vet told us it was normal and not to worry, but we do so, regardless. Your thoughts?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi Sir or Madam,
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My name is Jane. I have been working professionally with animals especially dogs in both health and behavioral issues for over 18 years. I have over 14,000 satisfied customers. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
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I suspect he has a collapsing trachea if your vet indicated it was relatively normal. Many smaller dogs have this condition. It really isn't "normal" but is something that we see all the time. While it is a condition that can be quite serious, most dogs with this condition tend to live a relatively normal life span without surgery.
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Most owners report that stroking the throat during an episode lessens the severity and shortens the episode. I'm pretty sure that this is what your vet was referring to. Now there is surgery that can be performed if it becomes necessary but as I mentioned, it usually doesn't come to that point. You can read about it here:
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Dogs also do something called a reverse sneeze which you can read about here:
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Now he is getting older and this noise can be a cough as well. Coughs can be associated with heart and lung issues. So while I think it is likely the collapsing trachea, you do need to monitor him and have it checked out further if it seems to be increasing especially since you indicate it seems to happen more with exercise. You can read more on this here:

http://www.canismajor.com/dog/cough.html

http://www.gopetsamerica.com/dog-health/chest-lung-conditions.aspx

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There are other causes for coughs such as bronchitis, kennel cough and other upper respiratory illnesses and if you would like more information on those, let me know. I hope this information is helpful to you and you are satisfied with my response. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .

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Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi Doug,

I'm just following up on our conversation about George. How is everything going?

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Just fine, Jane. The throat massage does seem to help, always has. It was helpful to know the frequency of trachea collapse, and that does indeed seem to be the situation.


 


Thanks again,


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Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Doug,.I'm glad to hear that things are going well. Let me know if I can help in the future.

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