This of course is all down to genetics and (badly) breeding in the shorter snout over many decades. He coughed constantly even when he was sleeping. Recently he hasn’t been interested in his kibble, so I started adding a little wet food, but tomorrow I will try to put some water on the wet food as suggested to make it softer. I appreciate everyone’s stories. Your dog may be lethargic or seem more tired than normal. The vet believes he has respiratory issues due to collapsed trachea and an enlarged heart. A productive cough occurs when material is expectorated from the trachea into the pharynx. Thanks for posting about this Emily. July will be 7 years since we brought her home and we were told she was 9 then so I guess she’s about 16 now. A dog … 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). Should you call your veterinarian? He seems to respond well to a soothing voice and gentle back stroking which helps him relax and stop coughing. The coughing wears him out on some days. At its most basic, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is an obstructed airway, with coughing, wheezing and gurgling sounds as typical symptoms. I have two pugs and what you listed sounds like a combination of the issues the two of mine have. And, his spirits are up and high (we fee so fortunate for that), even though he has started coughing quite a bit. We were told that trachea collapse (which causes the coughing) is more common in small dog breeds including pugs so I do think that is a big part of it. 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). My dog’s progression with this was quite slow but I have heard of others saying it can be very sudden onset. It seems like a lot, but it helps. To be checked out! The work was done and over in 3 days and he's been coughing ever sense. It’s been seven years. The sound of him not coughing was deafening. Typical signs are a high-pitched, honking cough if your pug's vocal chords are swollen, or a dry, hacking cough. But just like us, when a dogs coughing becomes a constant or recurrent problem it can be a sign of serious illness. :). She holds a Master of Arts in informational studies from London University. Environmental factors such as smoke, dust and chemical irritants are external causes of the disease. Laura K. 1 decade ago. Regardless; great to read your post. Kennel cough is an infectious disease that your pug can catch from other dogs. I’m just worried it could be serious and cause him to stop breathing. nothing comes up but saliva and slight foam. Dog gagging is usually paired with a cough (which may come before or after the cough). All of my pugs developed “the cough”. You can benefit by drinking peppermint tea or … Another dog coughing cure, per Dogster Magazine, is to include a few drops of oregano oil mixed in with a carrier oil and drizzled on your dog's food. Oil of oregano kills fungus and bacteria that can cause coughing, but don't overdo it — oil of oregano is a "hot" oil that will severely irritate the mucous passages when administered undiluted or in larger quantities. He began coughing a year ago and it’s gotten to a point that he can’t go for much of a walk. However, timely prevention and treatment can retain your pet’s health. The vet says it is not a fatal condition, it is just something to manage so that is what we do. My Beans has a collapsed trachea and she’s on a diuretic because she gets fluid in her chest, though we’ve done scans and her heart is not enlarged, and multiple versions of blood work we’ve had done all came back normal as well so the vet is kinda confused as to what specifically causes the fluid in her chest, and she said she can also see inflammation around her lungs. His legs started to be weak, then over the course of time we was unable to use his back legs at all. He told us that it was great that they were wearing harnesses and not collars because collars are really problematic for dogs with a collapsed trachea. Hi Emily, glad you made this post. Then my Frank got wobbly in his back end a little over a year ago and that has progressed to where he’s been unable to walk for about 8 months now, and totally paralyzed for the last few months. We have 3 toy poodles, our male 13 year old was diagnosed with collapsed trachea about a year ago. I love my pugs so much I don’t want them suffering. Glad your vet figured out what was going on with your pug Beans. That didn’t help her stop gagging. We’ve seen a couple of vets for the coughing and they listen to her neck/throat area with a stethoscope and her chest with a stethoscope as well and are able to determine that way whether the source is heart or throat, so it’s a fairly quick and easy visit. I have an old girl, Lucy, who has been coughing and hacking for about 8 months. Today it is very bad and we are going for an emergency appointment with our vet. The vet believes he has respiratory issues due to collapsed trachea and an enlarged heart. I like listening to Jason Isbell, John Prine, and other alt-country or Americana music. i have a pug that recently coughs like she has croup. This loss of air passage results in excessive snorting, snoring, coughing, and gagging. If your vet diagnoses a cough related to a heart condition, he will prescribe medication to improve the pug's heart function. I have a 9 yr old pug. I do plan on getting him a check up soon. Such a precious boy he was! a beautiful Pug dog image by John Steel from, DVM 360: Tracheal Collapse Frustrating; Minimally Invasive Techniques Promisings, Pug Central: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), ASPCA Complete Dog Care Manual; Bruce Fogle. Acute coughing appears for short periods and then leaves. You should take to a vet immediately. Your dog will widely open their mouth; it’s a throat spasm that makes breathing and swallowing very difficult. An elongated soft palate is the most common cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a pug, but a swollen larynx, enlarged tonsils, narrow nostrils and asthma can also cause it. In affected pugs the cartilage is weaker than usual, and over time normal breathing flattens the rings, causing narrowing or collapse. When coughing starts, try to calm her down...this always worked with my dog. I have a large family and I adore my nieces and nephews. He was on gaberpentin and rimadyl and eventually steroids. Still, there are just “bad coughing days” for her. 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. Our pug is almost 13. This info really helps. Also Emily, our eldest pug had the exact same path that your older guy is having. The first two vets think his trachea is beginning to collapse. Oh these little puggers, he’s the remaining one of two and I just couldn’t bear to say goodbye yet! Is your dog coughing as if it is clearing his throat, in order to get rid of frustrating hair that might be irritating him? Beans is still about the same. Thanks again. He turned 13 in March so it’s been concerning. Digestion hasn’t been her friend but she hasn’t been challenges with the cough and gag before like this. I will definitely start putting water on his food to see if it helps. The watering down of the food and having her take prescription cough medicine doesn’t completely stop the coughing, it just reduces it. Once your pug’s stomach has been rested and ready for some food again, a bland diet that will be gentle on the stomach is a must. 15 minutes after he takes it he’s good. 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. My pug Forrest has had a coughing and gagging for years now. 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. 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. He explained that trachea collapse is common in a lot of smaller dog breeds including pugs. We’re in Norcal and usually have dry hot summers, but this week has been unusually humid. She does have the occasional off day where she does seem to cough more, my theory is that it’s somehow tied to the weather, maybe. We have an almost 15 year old pug/ Codi. We’ve had to up the dose only once so far in the past year. 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. Tracheal collapse or narrowing is a congenital condition commonly seen in small dogs such as the pug. Thank you, she’s pretty old but she’s still kickin’ and is still happy so we’re grateful. The occasional cough in an otherwise healthy dog is usually nothing to worry about. While the medication helps a lot, it doesn’t prevent her from ever coughing. Your vet will treat your pug with a bronchodilator and anti-allergy drugs, treatments also used for humans. 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." It was heartbreaking, and i know all too well how difficult that decision is. The vet did say it’s not fatal or painful but it is very sad for us to see him experiencing this. She's been treated with antibiotics twice. Discover (and save!) The characteristics of a dog's cough help us to determine its cause. Never used collars and only used harnesses in public. The very first diagnosis was cough due to the renovations were doing in our home (made since to me--I had a cough too!). I have two pugs 15 and 11. Useful herbs that can be used to effectively soothe and manage coughing in dogs include: Mullein: Mullein is good for dry coughs such as kennel cough or chronic recurring coughs. When it is accompanied by gagging, this can also help us know what is wrong. He would bark constantly if we left the room. I wouldn’t trade my years with the pugs for anything else!! If they constantly coughs, do not ignore it, as this might be the initial sign of persistent upper respiratory infection that is popularly called Kennel Cough. We’ve always used harnesses. Wishing you and your family good health! I give them Benadryl when I am out of the rimadyl. I don’t have children yet so I’m able to focus on my dogs more than some, i suppose. Sometimes it’s worse than other times. I plan to ask about Benadryl since that seems to work for others. The cough got bad about a year ago as we had to go in this week for a 1-year check-up in order to continue getting the cough suppressant refills. We had just used the collars from the beginning because we thought, better safe than sorry. Wondering if that triggered the heightened effect. I vacuum every two days and wash their bedding and mine every week. my pug is 2 years old, has always been healthy. Three of my beloved pugs lived to be 14 years old. Weight loss. As pugs get older, the coughing can increase without intervention. She is fawn and sheds much more than the black pugs. The pug is a naturally coughing, gagging breed. A pug can start coughing for a number of reasons, ranging from kennel cough to a congenital condition that produces a distinctive cough. Vet says, it is most likely collapsed trachea. i have videos of the coughing if anyone is interested. When your dog is sleeping, put a freshly made mix in a bowl and cover your … We have tried antibiotic and cough suppressant for the same complain last year and it has helped him quite a bit. Copyright 2021 Leaf Group Ltd. / Leaf Group Media, All Rights Reserved. Hi, Emily! I petted her neck, throat , head, + her back still coughing, my husband took her to the emergency vet. There are several herbs that can help as a home remedy, including Echinacea and Eucalyptus. However, for now we add water to her kibble and let it set for about 5 minutes before serving it to her, to soften the food and that keeps her from coughing or choking at all. It's upsetting to see your pug in distress. My vet also has pugs. Some also have a clear nasal discharge. 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. Pollen, changes in weather, chemicals in cleaning supplies, etc emergency vet run or do kind! 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