Your dog will widely open their mouth; it’s a throat spasm that makes breathing and swallowing very difficult. I am 28 and live in a small town in Michigan with my boyfriend Ryan and our two pugs. Thanks for posting about this Emily. Weight loss. It’s maybe a few times a day and not severe, and have already been using a harness and watering her food. I’m hoping to share some of my experiences in raising 4 pugs. It doesn’t seem to come from doing anything and it’s not frequent enough that we’d ever be able to reproduce it for the vet but I would hope it’s not anything like what Beans is experiencing. Laura K. 1 decade ago. My other pug Mijo has it as well. I am Emily Evert, the owner of Emily Reviews. with changing weather in maritime, may be that will help him again. We had just used the collars from the beginning because we thought, better safe than sorry. There are a few different reasons why your pug could be vomiting after drinking water, including: We will have had our two pugs for 6 years as of next month, and we were told they are 8 and 9 then, so I guess they are 14 and 15 now (or will by next month). We had a pug named Frank as well :). I have a 15 year old pug that is going through the same thing Beans is going through. The sound of a dog coughing sends alarm bells ringing in most dog owners’ heads. So we don’t really know the cause but the diuretic helps. So their respiratory systems are working harder and you hear more of the coughing and gagging. Use of a collar will cause more damage to the trachea . Exercise intolerance or reluctance to go for a walk. Is your dog sick? I still miss him. She’s 16 now. Regardless; great to read your post. vaseline seems to help a little, should i be more concerned, she doesn't seem to be in any respiratory distress. So if her trachea collapse was a result of collar use, the damage must have been done years before symptoms started. The pug is a naturally coughing, gagging breed. Also Emily, our eldest pug had the exact same path that your older guy is having. After drinking water. The watering down of the food and having her take prescription cough medicine doesn’t completely stop the coughing, it just reduces it. Still, there are just “bad coughing days” for her. He is very happy to be around my wife and I and he still LOVES food (though we feed him raw and try to keep his weight down). Copyright 2021 Leaf Group Ltd. / Leaf Group Media, All Rights Reserved. Gagging, Coughing, Heaving and Retching – What’s The Difference? My dog is a 13 yr old pug who has a narrow trachea. View all of our. I have two pugs 15 and 11. I will try to make it as happy/ comfortable as I can. The distinctive coughing sound a pug makes if he has this condition is usually compared to the honking sound that geese make, or to a child with croup. We found the diapers to be too messy and he was getting urine scold. I vacuum every two days and wash their bedding and mine every week. She doesn’t cough constantly though, thankfully. When they run or do any kind of exercise, naturally they require more oxygen. This info really helps. She is fawn and sheds much more than the black pugs. Sometimes she will have days where she coughs a lot more than others. planning to take him to the vet today and hoping he will have a great holiday time with us this season. Not sure if there is any actual science in that, haha. Thank you, she’s pretty old but she’s still kickin’ and is still happy so we’re grateful. Wishing you and your family good health! It’s good to know I could try a medication if it got worse. i have a pug that recently coughs like she has croup. Thank you again for sharing! Such a precious boy he was! Our vet said it can happen from the age of 6 usually so I guess Benji is lucky he made it to 12 before it became a problem. To be checked out! We bought a slow feed bowl to help her eat slower, and that did help a little bit but she still gagged some. Collapsed Trachea. The very first diagnosis was cough due to the renovations were doing in our home (made since to me--I had a cough too!). Most of these are treatable. I think it is somewhat normal for a pug to do that once in a while, but it can also meet there is an infection. Will have to see if we can get our vet to let us try some other options. Almost two years ago I noticed that my senior pug Beans was gagging after she would eat. Your dog may have congestive heart failure. His legs started to be weak, then over the course of time we was unable to use his back legs at all. The vet has not given the diagnosis, but next visit im long time I ask for a cough suppressant. And in recent years, it has become popular to supplement the honey with coconut oil since it contains fatty acids that can help your dog recover faster. Symptoms of respiratory congestion According to VetInfo: "Dogs suffering respiratory congestion will have trouble breathing, especially when they try to inhale.Breathing may be labored, rapid and shallow." Hi, I'm new to this forum. Your pugs are old and look so sweet like mine. The fourth one is still with me and she will be 15 in July. I have two pugs and what you listed sounds like a combination of the issues the two of mine have. We mentioned it to the vet again at a later date and because she gets anxious/excited while at the vet they were able to observe some of the coughing. It is common for boiled chicken & rice to be recommended but as both chicken & rice are common allergy problems, staying clear of both is a good idea. Shortly after we brought the pugs home I read up on pug-care and read that harnesses are safer than collars so they have always used a harness if they are going to be attatched to a leash, at least since they have lived with us. These two tips should in theory mean your pug no longer vomits after exercise or walks. It seems like there’s some correlation with her having a bad coughing day the day of, or the day before, we get a storm. Our pug is almost 13. He explained that trachea collapse is common in a lot of smaller dog breeds including pugs. I put her on an antibiotic and cough suppressant Sunday to be safe as I was worrrid she might have a respiratory infection. However, Brutus is young and is not coughing. As with humans, steam also significantly suppress coughing in dogs. He was so sad, so agitated. She still coughs especially if she gets excited or pants. This of course is all down to genetics and (badly) breeding in the shorter snout over many decades. This widget only shows 8 giveaways. X-rays show her heart is normal size and her trachea is clear. Enjoyed reading your detailed account! When coughing starts, try to calm her down...this always worked with my dog. Vet says, it is most likely collapsed trachea. I am not a vet so what seemed to ease them & me may not work for you. Hi. The vet has told us that things that may trigger allergies or asthma symptoms in people with those conditions, may also trigger more coughing in dogs with tracheal collapse. In our Benji’s case it feels worse because he also has cataracts and needs a lot of reassurance that he’s not being left on his own. Tracheal collapse or narrowing is a congenital condition commonly seen in small dogs such as the pug. Wondering if that triggered the heightened effect. This seemed to ease the cough but never went away. Bailey is on a harness always for walks, no collar for him! Sorry to hear about your Otis :(. Some days it does seem worse than others but on good days he is like a puppy again and very playful. I will prepare that it is for the rest of her life. He said he could tell that there was a ‘rattle’ in her throat which lead him to believe she had a collapsing trachea. Pugs are prone to upper respiratory tract diseases like this, so prevention and treatment are important. We have 3 toy poodles, our male 13 year old was diagnosed with collapsed trachea about a year ago. I have an old girl, Lucy, who has been coughing and hacking for about 8 months. At first it was only happening after she ate, so the vet suggested she … They are what is known as brachiocephalic. Thanks to their expectorant and antitussive properties, they favour the airways and suppress your dog's coughing. Vaccine reactions can cause dermatitis and itching in both cats and dogs. We considered switching to canned food, and we may still do that in the future. His brother (who I talk about in my previous post) is 14. xo, Our Otis pug was diagnosed with a collapsed trachea when he was about 11 years old. Operations for Trach Problems in Yorkies→. But I think that just released pressure and the cool air made him perkier. As you can imagine, this puts a lot of strain on the pug's entire body and can lead to heart enlargement, tracheal collapse and chronic bronchitis. Treatment usually consists of cough suppressants or expectorants, but if the condition persists, the vet usually prescribes antibiotics. He began coughing a year ago and it’s gotten to a point that he can’t go for much of a walk. Chronic coughing is prolonged and may never go away completely. Can he run? The best remedy would be prescription medicines to cure the condition. If your vet can't manage the condition with medication, he might recommend surgery. Fluid builds up in the lungs over time, and your dog coughs or gags in unsuccessful attempts to bring up the fluid. Acute coughing appears for short periods and then leaves. Vaccination is the main form of prevention. According to the ASPCA "Complete Dog Care Manual," a persistent nighttime cough might be a sign of poor heart function. He would do it when he wakes up, or after getting excited, or after a good belly rub. He was on a cough suppressant and it helped a bit, but he’s back to doing it. He’s on gabapentin for the nerve pain that comes with that. Thank you for the info, I’m sorry your pugs have this but am grateful to know Yours are doing better and it is not fatal. So, put water on to boil and add a few leaves of these plants. However, timely prevention and treatment can retain your pet’s health. Hi Emily, glad you made this post. I’m lucky in that I work from home so I’m able to be here to care for them which make things like diapers doable. The vet put him on hydrocodone as a cough suppressant and it works really well. Nasal discharge in dogs can be a condition that means absolutely nothing. Discover (and save!) I am careful to not use cleaning supplies while she is in the room, and to dust and vacuum when she isn’t close by as well. As pugs get older, the coughing can increase without intervention. My coworker told me his little dog is susceptible to that also. It was heartbreaking. I like listening to Jason Isbell, John Prine, and other alt-country or Americana music. I plan to ask about Benadryl since that seems to work for others. I’m glad you checked with a vet and he/she offered suggestions. Or has your dog been diagnosed with tracheal collapse? A natural remedy for Kennel Cough is PetAlive KC-Defense - Keeps Healthy Lungs Clear (20g) ... Puppy Coughing is one of the symptoms, but other symptoms include fever and change in mood, lack of appetite and loss of energy. Thanks for this post. By the time he was 13 the coughing (sometimes choking) was to the point his quality of life was poor. I also try to comment to others in the waiting room at the vet about it because many associate a dog coughing with kennel cough which can be contagious, while collapsing trachea is not something another dog can catch from Beans, so I don’t’ want them to worry about being in close quarters with my dog while in the waiting room. Now if she would just let me cut her nails and brush her teeth! If coughing becomes severe, contact your veterinarian. That’s so sad that he was even coughing while sleeping, it’s hard to imagine that. He would bark constantly if we left the room. At first it was only happening after she ate, so the vet suggested she may be eating too fast, or not chewing well enough. If your Pug spends a lot of time outdoors with you, then use a natural insect repellent for dogs during the bug season to keep your pet say bite free. He’s 15. And once he became incontinent we started using diapers on him, but of course they aren’t the most breathable for the skin so we had issues with a rash at first, but the vet suggested a steroid to keep his skin more ‘chill’ in general and since then have had no issues with more rashes, thankfully. Our pug is 14 yrs old and developed his cough/gag episodes about a year ago. Knowing some of the most common causes of coughing in dogs can help you determine when you need to worry. My pug family consisted of the father, mother, brother & sister. 0 0. Some also have a clear nasal discharge. Kennel cough is an infectious disease that your pug can catch from other dogs. I know that some people think we’re cuckoo for diapering a dog, carrying him around, bringing a water dish to him, etc but with the meds, he doesn’t seem to be in pain and he still seems happy so even though we realize he’s on “borrowed time” at this point, we just don’t see a need to make the decision until he seems to be suffering and we aren’t there yet. Based in London, Eleanor McKenzie has been writing lifestyle-related books and articles since 1998. The most common natural remedy for dogs with a kennel cough, or canine tracheobronchitis, is honey. And, his spirits are up and high (we fee so fortunate for that), even though he has started coughing quite a bit. I am sending you love and light as it’s so hard to watch your fur baby decline in this way. He had a chest xray recently which found nothing uncommon. I will never forget bring him home from the vet and holding him in a blanket while my husband was digging his grave in our backyard. In addition to his cough, his back legs aren’t very strong and so my wife and I wheel him to the park daily to play. Our pug is almost 13. Oliver, the older pug has been gagging now for a couple of months. Three of my beloved pugs lived to be 14 years old. Coughing and gagging up phlegm are often signs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, combined with louder than normal breathing. Because of their shortened airways, this condition is harder on pugs than on humans. this morning he started coughing. I think having three dogs and a cat really takes a toll on their allergies. While I wish that Beans didn’t have this issue, it is something we have lived with pretty easily. If you don’t want to use any cough medicine at all, try some of these home remedies to help relieve your dog’s minor coughing: Hydrogen Peroxide and Honey There are quite a few anecdotal reports that claim that hydrogen peroxide and honey can help ease the dry, hacking coughing caused by kennel cough. 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