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Question by Roni
Submitted on 3/29/2004
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My dog seems to be having an asthma attack. He starts breathing in real hard, kinda of like a honking  noise, and he's running around in a head and tail tucked position looking for someone to hold and comfort him. Any answers??

Answer by Stacey
Submitted on 4/5/2004
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I just returned from the Vet for asthma in my dog.  Wants to start her on Theophyline.  Anyone else ever have this problem.  She starts running around as well breathing in really hard "stridor".  Also says she has a "collapsing trachea".  Any help would be appreciated!


Answer by Ha'anala
Submitted on 4/7/2004
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Is your dog a Pug by any chance? Collapsed tracheas are very common in the breed. We have an 18 month old Pug who has a collapsing trachea as well. there isn't really much you can do about it though.  She does make a sort of honking noise as she tries to breathe in hard enough to open up her trachea so she can breathe.  For her, it usually happens when she eats or drinks too fast. The best thing you can do is just comfort him and talk to him in a calm supporting voice until he is finished. If it seems to start getting worse, I would consult your vet.


Answer by gwynnelaura
Submitted on 4/16/2004
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I have a pug too, this I believe that she has asthma as well.  She starts snorting and comes to me to hold her.  She has just had her first attack (I think) and I am really worried.  She is 11 months old.  Is there any cure or do I just have to keep her calm?


Answer by Julie
Submitted on 8/3/2004
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I have a pomeranian. He's 6 months old and he has the same kind of breathing problem... this happens about atleast twice a day.  Can somebody help me with some answers?


Answer by Aimifer
Submitted on 11/27/2004
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My Maltese sometimes seems to have mini asthma attacks.  He starts wheezing and also looks scared.  This morning he had the worst one ever!  It lasted approx. 5 minutes and his eyes started closing as if he was going to pass out.  He stopped as I was getting ready to take him to an emergency vet visit.  

He's going to the vet this week and I'll post my vet's response to this problem after his appt..  


Answer by kileyreece
Submitted on 1/21/2005
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I have a 15 year old dalmation who hacks and wheezes at night and when it is cold.  A steroid shot relieves all her symptoms within two days and two pills a day of theophyline moving forward has improved the quality of her life enormously.  One note - we tried the steroid and one prescription of theophyline then stopped and the wheezing came back within two weeks.  At this point I am giving her theophyline daily, going on month three, and while it does not eliminate the problem of wheezing and hacking it has reduced it at least 95%.  


Answer by Alana
Submitted on 8/9/2005
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My mini poodle does this as well.  I rub on the bottom of his neck and he stops.  It is scary though, and I don't know why that happens.


Answer by Kath;een
Submitted on 8/21/2005
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My dog also suffers from something extremely similar. I never thought that her 'honking' could be asthma. I find that she calms down faster when I gently place a hand over her eyes so she can't see, speak to her gently and run my free hand over her back.


Answer by April
Submitted on 11/9/2005
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Yes, I specialize in nebulizer treatments for animals that I work with. If you are interested to learn more, let me know and I'd be more than happy to assist you with this. I also have few animals at home that require these treatments as well. My email address is MNFootprints@aol.com Hope this helps!


Answer by kew284
Submitted on 12/16/2005
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i have a chihuahua that "honks". hes 8 months and breathes funny sometimes. it scares me but i believe he just has asthma.


Answer by Jewels
Submitted on 1/1/2006
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My beagle has had this problem for years!  What I was told to do works wonders.....I cover her nostrils with two fingers, while stroking her throat with my other hand. Its the struggle to bring the air in through the nose that causes the snorting-raspy sound!  The dog will of course open their mouth and take a big breath...which immediately stops the attack.


Answer by LLHALey
Submitted on 1/25/2006
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I have a 10 year old schnauzer./ He started panting really hard and breathing really really hard. Then when he was asleep he snored so loud that I couldn't hear the TV. It was horrible. I took him to the vet and he has asthma. They put him on Temeril P and Theophylline twice a day. He has done better. Now, he still is breathing hard,but not near as bad. The meds have done him a world of good. The vet said that he would have problems for the rest of his life. I wish you all the best. Oh I forgot, I have a Chihuahua. She is a year old. She stops everything and puts her head out and tucks her tail in and coughs. It sounds like a seal. I doesn't happen but about twice a day and it lasts a few seconds. Does anyone know what it might be?


Answer by ONECAM
Submitted on 2/18/2006
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I also have a pug he is 2.5 years old and has the same attacks. i hate it. i would love to know if there is a cure.


Answer by RHC
Submitted on 4/22/2006
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I have a 12 yr old Pom mix who was 1st diagnosed with a collapsed trachea 7 yrs ago.  She was put on Theophylline from Inwood Labs (it appears this lab is one of the few that make Theophylline that is effective in animals).  This has worked really well, for the most part.  Our KS vet gave us an "emergency" supply of lasix (pulls water off lungs).  Recently, her problems have escalated & has spent several 2-4 days in doggie ICU in an oxygen tent a few times this past year.  Vet now says, she has to be able to deal with it.... just keep her environment clean & temperature constant.  It is tough to watch your little one suffer & not be able to do anything.  We are having a severe weather front move through our area & yes she is having a full blown attack.


Answer by Meg
Submitted on 5/27/2006
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I have a Pug, as well.  He's having the same issues.  The attacks don't seem to last long; I think he just likes to be pet during them.  I'm not too worried at this point.  He seems fine otherwise.


Answer by Em and Sara
Submitted on 6/3/2006
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Weird my dog does that to but he just stands their and breathes really heavey like hyper ventlating and he seems to be sneezeing.


Answer by Dori
Submitted on 7/24/2006
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I have a 15 yr old Pomeranian with collapsed trachea and asthma symptoms.  It helps greatly to give her a product called enzyme ease tablets, which I purchase from makinghealthychoices.com It decreases swelling and inflammation.  A side advantage is that she likes it and it is good for the digestive system. They should be given an hour prior to eating.


Answer by matt
Submitted on 11/21/2006
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Hi, I was searching for info on this condition and ended up here first. Then I searched a little more and found out that my Boston Terrier isn't having asthma attacks as I'd feared. It turns out he (and from the sounds of it, your dog too) is doing something called "reverse sneezing." Google it. It's surprisingly common, and lucky for all of us, it's totally harmless, though scary for dog and owner.
Hope this is helpful.


Answer by suzn08
Submitted on 2/5/2007
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i have a toy poodle who has asthma attacks.  He randomly starts honking and his eyes get real big.  usually I just lift him up onto two feet to open his lungs a little and pet him and talk to him.. thats the fastest way i can get him to calm down and breathe


Answer by cindy
Submitted on 3/24/2007
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i just got a living air machine and put it in the dog room. that day when i got home both of my dogs were out of breath and now my older dog is still having breathing broblems.we were at the vet hospital and my reg vet but they dont thing that its the air machine but cant find anything wrong w/ the dogs but shortness of breath and inlarged heart in both..... help please


Answer by Mom_of_Boris
Submitted on 4/30/2007
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I am owned by a male pug who will turn two years the end of May -- he also seems to have this collapsing trachea condition - his first bout was when he was only about 6 months old.  We thought it was kennel cough - but now that we are in our third cycle of a bad coughing fit in the last 18 months the Vet has informed us it is not kennel cough but due to a collapsing trachea.  The Vet has prescribed a prednisone medication with antibiotics to fight any possible upper respiratory infections and also an 'as needed' cough medication to help him through the next couple of weeks.  He seems to go months without any problems and then he starts up again for whatever reason.  We are on our third type of harness to try and alleviate any discomfort or pressure on his throat but it isn't working -- I have found another style of harness on eBay that is made specifically for dog breeds with breathing disorders and hope that it will provide what we need for taking walks and also being buckled into the seat belt when going for a drive.  Keeping the weight down is very important -- my Boris is only 13 pounds and is very active with a Miniature American Eskimo sister dog to keep him on his toes.  He only wears a collar for the purposes of having an ID tag in case he should get loose and wander away from home.  Other websites recommend that a quality food be given to the puppies so that they can fully develop -- I have also been finding that most information on the web indicates that it is a genetic condition and no foolproof cure is available.  This condition also seems to lead to the possibility of heart conditions so as your Vet about that when you have the chance.  


Answer by Jen
Submitted on 5/1/2007
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My yorkie does the same thing but doesn't run for comfort or anything like that.  He stands still and breathes in really hard sounding like a honking noise, almost seems like he is gasping for breath. He does this when he gets really excited or runs around too much. I have always joked around that he has asthma buts its worry-some as well. It's interesting to hear that others have dogs that do this too.  So is it asthma or a collapsed trachea and if it is that does that shorten their lifespan? Details?


Answer by Foxy
Submitted on 5/20/2007
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My dog is also acting as if he has asthma, too. He is not a Pug but a medium size Pomeranian. He coughs as if he has something to get out of his throat, and it's a wheezing type cough.

Seventeen-days ago I took him into the vet because of this and they gave him a shot and two weeks of amoxicillin, twice a day. He was just fine until last night when he started in again with the wheezing cough.

Some time ago I read on the Internet that there is a dog inhaler, yet I failed to keep the site address. Has anyone heard of this, does it work and where is the web location?


Answer by rim
Submitted on 5/24/2007
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i  have a puli and he is breathing so hard the first night I noticed was sleeping . We toke her to the vet and they told us she has asthma attack.


Answer by Melissa Moore
Submitted on 7/5/2007
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It does not matter the breed for a collapsing trachea.  My mom has a poodle, she had a Maltese, I have a Pyrenees/shepherd mix and I know of a golden retriever mix who has the same problem.  My dog rarely does the sucking through the nose thing they do but my mom's Maltese died form his severe case, he was older and pretty much he suffocated to death.  I was horrified to learn this news and her poodle has them quiet often too.  It is sad and scary.  I think the pug who is 11 months old may have the problem that another dog I know who had to have his nose opened because it was closed up too much...that is a guess.


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