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    Hi guys!

    Recently I've had Pixie back and forth to the vets because she's finding it hard to catch her breath. So much so that she can't walk more than a few steps without choking and coughing. One time she coughed so hard she pooped a little bit.. Now the vet listened to her heart and said he can't hear anything wrong with it (like blood not flowing properly) and so he gave me tablets for fluid in her lungs because he said it's nearly always those two issues that cause this type of coughing. I haven't found these tablets have helped much maybe a little bit and he also gave me an inhaler and that doesn't help at all.

    Does anyone have any other ideas? Pixie is 9 in July so she's getting old and my vet is reluctant to give her an xray with the anaesthetic.
    I'll try and post a video of her coughing so you can hear it.

    It's sad because she really wants to go for a walk but she just can't :(

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    did he say anything about a collapsed trachea?
    I'm thinking that's usually what causes coughing, I'm not very confident in your vets answer.....
    can you go somewhere else for a 2nd opinion?
    a collapsed trachea can be managed with medicine, and if that's what it is, better to find out asap
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    Hi

    I’d tend to agree with all of the above. I think you’d be best off getting a referral to see a specialist or if that isn’t too easy to do where you live, at least get a second opinion from a different vet.

    Hope you get things sorted for her!
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    2nd opinion for sure . There are many causes for cough . Also airways can be checked with ultra sound

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    I'm sorry to hear about Pixie's breathing/coughing problems. I can understand how scary and worrying it would be for you.
    I agree with the others, a second opinion would be worth getting! Although heart issues and fluid in the lungs certainly do cause coughs, it could also be collapsing trachea or other issues. See if you can find a vet or specialist that will do an x-ray or ultrasound without anesthesia.
    Sending best wishes for your girl and I hope you can find a treatment that helps her soon.
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    I did mention could it be that as I know it's common in pugs and he said no it wasn't. I've just looked at a video and that's not the sound she makes. When she's lying/sleeping/sitting she makes all her usual pug noises. It's when she's getting excited, walking at a pace and climbing stairs that she coughs. I can take her to another vets but i've been to other vets before and have always gone back to my current vet because he is a vet I trust. It's a tough one.. i'm in the vets nearly every week with her over something I feel so sorry for her.

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    Why would she need to be put under for an xray???!!!!! I've had many of my guys xrayed...and ultrasounded and no sedation was needed!!!!

    You should start with an xray.....and then...if anything is seen...an ultrasound!!! If your vet needs to sedate to do these...find another vet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebeccajane View Post
    I've just looked at a video and that's not the sound she makes. When she's lying/sleeping/sitting she makes all her usual pug noises. It's when she's getting excited, walking at a pace and climbing stairs that she coughs.
    I wouldn't completely rule out Collapsing Trachea based on the video or when she is coughing. My pug Wonka has/had collapsing trachea and I watched a bunch of videos to try to compare, but Wonka wasn't making the typical "goose honk" cough that is described for most dogs with CT issues. His is more of a hacking cough with a bit of an extended wheeze at the end. Also, his cough is worse on exertion. When he's just sleeping or sitting quietly, he doesn't cough. When he gets excited about something or when he exerts himself, that is when he starts coughing.
    Please ask your vet if they could try to do the x-ray or an ultrasound without anesthesia. It's worth a try!
    Best wishes to you and Pixie.
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    Unless the cause of the cough is found by either your vet or another there is it much to say . The meds you can give either work or don’t . I would request tests and not give up until there are answers.


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    We’re just back from the vets and he gave me more tablets for fluid in the lungs and Bexepril which is a heart medication and he said it’ll stop her heart from over working. I asked about the xray and he said I have to be referred to a place in the city that does a full body scan where she doesn’t need to be sedated. It’s about €300 and you have to be referred. He sais that if this combo of tablets doesn’t help then he will refer me. But if they do work she’ll be on these tablets for life. It’s just surprising when other times she’s had her heart listened to and he said it sounded healthy and now all of a sudden she’s on heart tablets. I dunno what’s the best thing to do ☹️

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