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Hi there, I am Dr. Kane and will try to assist you with Fido tonight. I have a few questions- When did the problem start? What were his surgeries for?
Well the first this that comes to mind is a condition called "collapsing trachea". In smaller breed dogs, the trachea's cartilage is not as strong as it should be, and when excited or panting heavily, the windpipe can fold or collapse in on itself with expiration, and this can cause the loud honking sounds when breathing. This condition can also be exacerbated by him pulling on the leash if he is wearing a collar, so using a harness can help with that. This problem usually happens with older dogs, but I have seen it happen in many younger dogs like Fido as well. I would suggest having him checked out by his veterinarian for this, where they can try and determine what is causing these episodes. Sometimes medications can decrease these episodes if it is due to tracheal collapse- however the sounds you are hearing may be due to some other cause. Tracheal collapse and other upper airway conditions can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, and in some cases require special x-rays or tracheoscopy or bronchoscopy. A good starting point would be his regular veterinarian, since it sounds like they have been doing a good job taking care of Fido so far with his other problems. Has this helped?
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