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I have a rescued papillon, a few days ago he begin excessive drooling

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I have a rescued papillon, a few days ago he begin excessive drooling , trouble breathing. I just had him checked at vets before this started but they said his lungs were clear and his heart is strong. I don't know what to do, can you help? He also staggers and falls over.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  brisadog replied 1 year ago.
From your description, it does sound like Poppy has an airway obstruction. If her heart and lungs sound normal, I would look to her upper airway to find the problem. Many geriatric small breed dogs have a condition called tracheal collapse, in which the windpipe collapses and impedes airflow to the lungs. He could also have a problem in his pharynx/larynx/throat. I recommend having him evaluated by a different vet. I would start with x-rays of his neck and chest to look for evidence of airway collapse. If these are normal, I would then sedate him to examine his throat. Hopefully these tests will give us our diagnosis so that we can begin a targeted treatment plan.

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