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tracheal collapse in chihuahuas: a chihuahua respiratory problem

May 4th, 2009 · 96 Comments



teaka wears a harness during walks to avoid tracheal collapse

teaka the famous chihuahua wears a dog harness during walks to avoid tracheal collapse

many chihuahua owners email us with concerns related to their chihuahua puppies or chihuahua dogs experiencing breathing problems, more specifically frequent gagging, coughing and chihuahua wheezing and seizures that result in gasping for air. the following information may be helpful to you if your chihuahua has been affected by obstructed breathing or symptoms thereof.

chihuahuas are known to suffer from problems related to their soft palate or a collapsed trachea. it is a health concern that is characteristic of the chihuahua breed and is also commonly referred to as “reverse sneezing”.

tracheal collapse is a condition in which the trachea partially collapses or flattens out as your chihuahua is trying to breath. this leads irritation and results in the gagging, coughing and wheezing symptoms we mentioned above.


the trachea airway in your chihuahua is a very sensitive area

the trachea airway in your chihuahua is a very sensitive area

the trachea is the airway from the larnyx to the main bronchi in the lungs. it looks somewhat similar to that of a vacuum hose and has many stiff rings with flexible tissue connecting them. sometimes these rings are not stiff enough and are unable to hold the trachea open against the air pressure that’s created during respiration. the portion of the trachea that is not stiff is then sucked into the airway causing partial obstruction making it difficult for your chihuahua to breath.

normal trachea vs. a collapsed trachea

the difference in a normal trachea vs. a collapsed trachea

factors that can lead to tracheal collapse in your chihuahua are obesity, irritants, allergies, repeated heart conditions, bacterial infections, viruses and second-hand cigarette smoke.

tracheal collapse can also be brought on by damage done from leash pulling, especially if you use a collar to walk your chihuahua. it is recommended that you switch to a harness to prevent any pushing or pulling against the trachea.

if any of these symptoms develop, take your chihuahua to the vet right away. this is an important chihuahua health concern. if they are not treated, damage can occur in the lungs, larynx, nasal passages and soft palate regions. your veterinarian will provide you with the right medications and you will be able to further prevent symptoms.

a happy and healthy chihuahua is the goal, a sick chihuahua must be properly cared for. famous chihuahua welcomes your comments and shared experiences.

related: health issues and problems in the chihuahua breed

reference: tracheal collapse in dogs vetinfo4dogs.com/dtrachea.html
photo references: egyvetonline.com/animaldisplay.aspx?c=2&info=16
animalhealthcare.com/handouts/dogs/collapsing_trachea.htm

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96 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Patti // Mar 10, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Finn is 2 years. Once in a while he will sneeze or cough in a spastic way. I sprayed the rug with pet odor and stain remover and by the ebd of the day he was sneezing, coughing and gagging non stop! this has been going on 2 days. My husband stayed home from work today to take him to the vet. Now I know why he coughs so much. I won’t spray hair spray, perfume, cleaners ets when he is around!

  • 2 Angel Scott // Mar 28, 2009 at 5:01 am

    My 10 month old has developed this for the last month after having pneumonia. The vet said to give her Robitussin DM 1/4 tsp. Will this go away? She has never been on a leash.

  • 3 famous chihuahua editor // Mar 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Please take your chihuahua to another vet for a second opinion or simply call anther vet and ask for a second opinion.

  • 4 Herb Angel // Apr 3, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Are their any medications I can give my 10 year old chihauhau for collapsed trachea

  • 5 famous chihuahua editor // Apr 3, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Hi there. Yes there are medications you can give to your chihuahua for a collapsed trachea but you must take them in to see a vet first to make sure that they have the condition and what medications they will require. Please make an appointment for your chihuahua to see a vet ASAP. Thanks!

  • 6 MARCY // May 22, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    HI THERE

    FIRST OFF I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT YOUR WEBSITE IS GREAT! I HAVE 3 CHIHUAHUAS MYSELF AND I THINK ITS GREAT THAT YOU HAVE ALL OF THIS INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR REVERSE SNEEZE & HOW AND WHY THEY CAN HAVE A TRACHEAL COLLAPSE. THIS INFO IS & CAN BE VERY HELPFUL TO NEWER OR CONFUSED CHIHUAHUA OWNERS, BUT UNFORTUNATELY NOT TO ME :( I HAVE A BIGGER ISSUE… I HAVE A 6LBS LONG HAIRED PURE BREED CHIHUAHUA WHO IS A LITTLE OVER 4 YEARS OLD AND STARTING MAYBE 7 MONTHS AGO IDK IT COULD HAVE EVEN STARTED A LITTLE LONGER THEN THAT. HIS NAME IS JAKE, NOW JAKE STARTED OFF WITH THE OCCASIONAL GAG HACK COUGH, ALMOST LIKE A CAT TRYING TO COUGH UP A HAIR BALL BUT HE IS A LOT LOUDER. WHEN THIS FIRST STARTED HE’D ONLY DO IT ONCE OR TWICE A DAY AND THE COUGH WASN’T SO LOUD SO WE KINDA THOUGHT NOTHING OF IT. THEN AS TIME WENT ON HE DID IT MORE FREQUENTLY LIKE A FEW MORE TIMES A DAY. NOW WHEN HE’D DO THIS HE’D ALWAYS BE AT REST, NOT ASLEEP BUT LAYING ON MY BED OR IN ONE OF THE DOG BEDS WIDE AWAKE. SO AFTER A FEW MONTHS WENT BY I STARTED TO GET NERVOUS BC MY OTHER 2 DOGS WEREN’T DOING THIS ONLY JAKE. SO I CALLED THE VET & JAKE WENT, THE ONLY THING THE VET COULD TELL ME WAS THAT HE HAD TRACHEAL MELASIA BUT OTHER THEN THAT THEY COULD NOT MAKE HIM GAG AND EVERYTHING ELSE ABOUT HIM IS GREAT. SO I WAS PRETTY MUCH LEFT IN SHOCK BC I KNEW THERE IS SOMETHING NOT RIGHT ABOUT JAKE WHETHER THE VET SEES IT OR NOT. SO JAKE COMES HOME STILL DOING THE SAME THING SO I’M PISSED BC I’M WORRIED THAT ITS IRRITATING HIM OR MAYBE HE COULD BE IN PAIN AND CANT EXPRESS IT TO US. SO MY MOM & I TRIED SOME OF OUR OWN THINGS TO SEE IF IT’D MAKE ANY TYPE OF DIFFERENCE. SUCH AS INSTEAD OF SLEEPING WITH THE AIR CONDITIONER ON, I’LL TURN IT OFF (HE SLEEPS WITH ME) NO DIFFERENCE SO I HAD HIM SLEEP IN MY MOMS ROOM, NO CHANGE. WE TRIED EVERYTHING WE COULD THINK OF CHANGING BUT NO MATTER WHAT WE CHANGED HE STILL WOULD ACT THE SAME. AS TIME WENT BY NOT ONLY WAS HE JUST DOING IT WHILE HE WAS RESTING, HE WOULD KEEP ME UP ALL NIGHT GAGGING HACKING AND COUGHING, SO MUCH TO THE POINT WHERE JAKE & I WERE NOT GETTING ANY SLEEP. I FEEL SO BAD FOR HIM BC I KNOW THAT IF IT WAS ME DOING ALL THAT, I’D BE SUPER ANNOYED AND I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF HIS THROAT WAS KILLING HIM! SO JAKE AND I STILL HAVEN’T GOTTEN A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP IN MONTHS. I’M 24 AND PARALYZED & THE REASON WHY I’M TELLING YOU THIS IS BC I CANT GET UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT TO GIVE HIM A DRINK IF HE NEEDED ONE. MY FAMILY HAS NEXTEL PHONES & THE REASON WHY I’M TELLING YOU THAT IS BC IF I NEED MY MOMS HELP I JUST BEEP HER TO WAKE HER UP SO SHE COULD COME IN MY ROOM TO HELP ME. SO AS TIME WENT BY I HAD TO START BEEPING HER IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT TO GET JAKE SOME WATER, WELL SHE STARTED TO GIVE HIM A LITTLE OIL SO THEN WHEN SHE’D BRING HIM BACK TO BED IT DID HELP HIM FROM GAGGING COUGHING AND HACKING BUT ONLY FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME. NEEDLESS TO SAY I STARTED BEEPING HER ALMOST EVERY NIGHT SO JAKE COULD HAVE SOME OIL, BUT LIKE I SAID, IT ONLY HELPED HIM OUT FOR A PERIOD OF TIME. SO THEN JAKE MY MOM & I WERE ALL NOT SLEEPING AND MY MOM WORKS FULL TIME SO SHE WAS GOING TO WORK SUPER SLEEPY. AFTER A WHILE THE OIL STOPPED HELPING AND HE WAS GETTING WORSE, NOW WHEN I SAY WORSE I MEAN HE WAS DOING IT MORE & MORE AND HE WAS GETTING LOUDER WHEN HE’D DO IT. SO I TOLD MY MOM THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE HIM TO THE VET AGAIN, NEEDLESS TO SAY THE VET SAID THE SAME EXACT THING!! ITS SO FRUSTRATING, WELL TO CUT THIS NOVEL A LITTLE SHORTER, HE HAS STARTED TO GAG HACK & COUGH NOT JUST AT NIGHT ANY MORE, HE’S BEEN DOING IT ALL HOURS OF THE DAY. NOW I KNOW WHAT A REVERSE SNEEZE IS AND THIS IS NOT WHAT HES BEEN DOING AND WHEN I SAY THAT JAKE DOES THIS GAGGING HACKING COUGH ITS NOT LIKE HE DOES IT ONCE IN AN HOUR, ITS MORE LIKE HE DOES IT EVERY 1-2 MINUTES UNLESS HE IS SLEEPING AND SOMETIMES IT EVEN WAKES HIM UP FROM A SOUND SLEEP. I TRULY WANT TO TAKE HIM TO THE VET AGAIN BUT ITS SO EXPENSIVE JUST TO HEAR THE SAME THING I PAID TO HEAR TWICE ALREADY. I EVEN GOOGLED “CHIHUAHUA COUGH HACK GAG” AND I’VE READ A BUNCH OF STORIES ABOUT OTHER CHIHUAHUA OWNERS WHO’S DOG DOES SOMETHING VERY SIMILAR, BUT I HAVE NOT A SINGLE STORY WHERE SOMEONE ELSE’S DOG IS SIMILAR TO MINE. YOU SEAM VERY EDUCATED WHEN IT COMES TO THIS SO I WAS HOPING THAT YOU COULD GIVE ME SOME WORDS OF WISDOM. I’LL APPRECIATE ANYTHING YOU’LL THROW AT ME.

    THANKS AGAIN
    MARCY PAIVA

  • 7 MARCY // May 22, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    OH AND IS THE PICTURE OF THE BROWN CHIHUAHUA ABOVE THE POOR DOG THAT GOT THROWN OUT OF THE CAR WINDOW? I BELIEVE HER NAME IS PRINCESS… POOR GAL

  • 8 famous chihuahua editor // May 22, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    No, its not the same chihuahua :)

  • 9 famous chihuahua editor // May 22, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Marcy, have you tried taking Jake to another vet to get a second opinion? Try phoning first to let them know your situation and then see what they say. I know the vet can get costly but this is his health. Also have you tried removing him entirely from your home out of that environment to see if he still gets a cough?

  • 10 Sandra // May 28, 2009 at 12:19 am

    My chi is 3.4 lbs, 1-1/2 years old. He developed an upper respiratory infection when my daughter got a new puppy from the Human Society. After 2-1/2 weeks of illness, 3 antibiotics, cough meds, and several trips to vet, he is finally recovering. He has always had fits of ‘honking’ when excited due to collapsed trachea, which we could easily help him through, but now he is have fits of breathing difficulties where he expands his ribs to the point of his chest bursting (it looks as though they may), and he is making a horrible sound as he tries to breath. We can’t help him through it any more either…it will sometimes last 2-3 minutes. It’s very disturbing to see him go through this. He still has a runny nose and is not over his illness. Do you think that this will go away as he continues to get well, or will this probably stay the case for him?

  • 11 champa buddhipala // Aug 1, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Dear Editor,

    Can you please let me know the oral medication for trachial collapse in chihuahuas. My Chihuahua has this condition. I do not want him to undergo surgery. He is 16 years old.

    Regards

    Champa

  • 12 jenny // Aug 7, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    hi marcy my dog has the same problem im sooo sad i feel hopeless the vets i took him tell me the same thing .what can we do!! can my dog pass away if untreaded

    jenny

  • 13 vi // Aug 8, 2009 at 1:48 am

    For Champa, at 16 I doubt your vet would risk operating on him. I had a chi who was under treatment for his trachea and chronic bronchitis. He was put on Aminophylline which was 21.00 for 90 pills, and once a year he’d be put on antibiotics. If Aminophylline is what your vet chooses your chi will appreciate it. It really helps a lot.

  • 14 T.K. // Aug 19, 2009 at 4:54 am

    I hope that I can let my experience help some of the writer’s above, who have issues with the coughing from their beloved chihuahua’s…I have a 12 year old 3 pound chihuahua…..His coughing was persistent….Identical, to what “Marcy” was describing….My vet, gave me a referral, to a specialist that dealt with matter’s like this….After a chest x-ray, my chihuahua named: Baby Boy, had an enlarged heart….The specialist has Baby Boy, on Vetmedian, Lasix, Spironlatin, Enalapril, and Hydrocodene….Your vet, should take an x-ray to determine if the heart is enlarged….I get Baby Boy checked constantly due to the fact, that his mother, passed away from heart failure….A few weeks ago, his cough came back, and I was concerned that his heart was failing, and learned from another x-ray from a cardiologist for dogs, that his trachea was collapsing…..I have discontinued the hydrocodene and he is now on 0.2 or 0.4 CC orally of Torbugisc Pain Control Elixer….

    This is my experience ~ I would like to add:
    The hydrocodene that I give Baby Boy, is made up from an Apothecary Shop, which makes up the powder especially for animals….It isn’t the same type of narcotic that humans take, and please do not give your chihuahua any medication that your vet, hasn’t approved of.

    I hope this helps someone out there.

  • 15 T.K. // Aug 19, 2009 at 4:57 am

    I want to add ~ that the only change to the medication that I wrote about is Baby Boy, no longer takes hydrocodene, and in its place is the Torbugisc Pain Control Elixer, along with the other medication’s that I wrote about…There have been changes on those med’s, by how much to give and how often.

  • 16 Johnny // Sep 22, 2009 at 5:49 am

    I really have A LOT of questions. But to start off i have 3 chihuahuas and they are all females. They all have been making a sound like they are forcing air out there noses. like they are trying to blow there noses and some times it sounds like a snort when they do it. Is that what your calling reverse sneezing?

    2nd question is my oldest is i think about 7-8 years old and if you stand her up on her back feet then look down and look at her very bottom last nipple on the right it looks like it has a growth in side it the size of a golf ball. you cant put to much presser on it or it will hurt her. Some times the swelling in it goes down some but never away. Some times her whole bodie will be cold and there will be a blue tent on the bottom of her. This has been going on for about 3 years now if not 4 years. Do you have any idea what that growth might be? Remember that its on the inside so you cant see what it looks like or if its doing anything. It the size of a golf ball on the inside of her. I really need to know what it is.

    3rd question is do albinos have a hard time seeing? and do albinos cost more or cost less then the plain types?

    Thats all for now and thank you for your replys. I know what your going to say about the 1st and 2nd questions about taking them to the vet and belive me if i had the money i would not be here asking these questions. I have NO money at all and iv not had any for the past 5 years. I take care of my grandparents and they have about 5 dogs there selfs that they cant take to the vet. We do a good job of keeping them safe and keep them fed. But thats all we can do and thats all i can do for them. Im here all day and i give them all my love all day long and i keep them fed but no money at all and theres no way i can get any to take them to the vet. Is there any type of place like a free clinic for animals that im able to take them to? Theres no way in the world i could ever have them put to sleep. I have to much faith to do that. These dogs act like they love me more then my own family members so theres no way in the world ill take that away from me. So is there any free place i could take them? Any ideas?

  • 17 vi // Sep 23, 2009 at 2:25 am

    Johnny, what city do you live in?

    At the very least I hope they are receiving their yearly vaccinations. There are several places that offer low or no cost vaccines.

    The snorting is most likely reverse sneezing. Just rub their throat, from throat to chin and that usually helps.

    As for questions 2 and 3 I couldn’t tell you, as I don’t have experience in any of those areas.

  • 18 Johnny // Sep 23, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I live in powder springs, Ga, Thanks for letting me know about the rubbing the throat thing. As long as iv been living i never heard of dogs needing shots every year. when the was i think 6-8 weeks old i went to a place where they sell parvo shots and in it they also have the other vaccines and one shot cost about $8 so yes they had 1 of them shots.

    So i guess i need to buy more of them and give them another shot lol. ill work on that. that is something i can manage but takes alittle time to get the money.

  • 19 vi // Sep 24, 2009 at 1:46 am

    Johnny, here’s a website which might answer some of the questions you have veterinarypartner.com

    I doubt there’s any free vets, but there are those who may only charge for vaccines, but not the office visit.

    Here’s some websites to low-cost vets. Hope this helps.
    westmobilevet.com
    luvmypet.com

  • 20 Johnny // Oct 5, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks for your help

  • 21 rachel v // Oct 9, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Hi! I have three chihuahuas 2 of which we found lots and scared without tags. I’ve had them now for about a year an a half,don’t know how old they are but they are, my other chi is about ten years old she suffers from skin allergies since she was giving to me as a pup by a neighbor that couldn’t keep her. Anyways my other chi one male one female both started coughing and hacking , just weeks apart would love to take them to a vet but they are so expensive that i once had to pay 80 dollars to put down a sick puppy so little he was smaller than my hand that put me back. I had to go without real food for a while only Top Ramen was all i could afford. I don’t want my animals put to sleep it’s the hardest thing to do but going to the vet is to expensive. I can’t even afford my medications for myself. I’m 41 and I do have low cost medical check-ups but can’t afford my meds and i need dental work done bad. Yes my husband has dental insurance but still is expensive. So that leads me back to my babies i want them to get better, but taking two of them would be more expensive and we can’t afford it what to do?. I love them but money is so tight we barley make it as it is not to ad on more bills I don’t visit the doctor myself. If any one knows of a home cure for coughing please help!. I don’t want to see them hurt nor suffering like that. They’re still to young by the way my male chi is named Rusty and my female Baby cause she’s the youngest the elder chi her name is Chica her last owner named her that. Thank for reading and hope to her from anyone soon. Rachel from S.A, Tx.

  • 22 Martina // Oct 29, 2009 at 2:32 am

    My little blue haired chihuahua, Toby, has had this “backward sneezing” condition for his entire life. He is five. I always thought that it was a hairball. It happens about once a day. My Vet told me it could be due to allergies, because he gets redness around his eyes and sneezes quite a bit…it’s cute when he sneezes. I am worried about his trachea. Thank you for posting this. The backward sneezing doesn’t seem to bother him. I think I’ll get a second opinion if it gets worse or I see that he is bothered by it. Thanks again…great website!

  • 23 Ann Dodwell // Nov 3, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    My name is Ann …..I am not a breeder but i have 9 chihuahuas and well 6 of them are puppies and my two males are a 9months old well …… I have a question about why they starve them selves when my female is in heat …..One of them is a deer and the other is an apple head …….could the types of breeds they are be the reason for that

  • 24 Angela // Dec 25, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    When ny chihuahua gets excited it sounds like she is snorting. She only does it when she is excited. Is this normal for a chihuahua to do this?

  • 25 famous chihuahua editor // Dec 28, 2009 at 2:59 am

    here are some helpful chihuahua information links you should check out:
    http://www.famouschihuahua.com/chihuahua-health-concerns/tracheal-collapse-in-chihuahua-puppies-and-dogs/
    http://www.famouschihuahua.com/chihuahua-health-concerns/chihuahua-wheezing-seizures/

  • 26 Ginger // Mar 4, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    My chihuahua usually coughs when shes excited but recently shes been gagging and coughing more than usual . is it because of weather changing?I also cant bring her to the vet any ideas?PLEASE HELP!

  • 27 JOSEPH // Mar 23, 2010 at 12:37 am

    My chihuahua: PEPPER, is almost 18 years old. He also coughs from time to time, and sometimes these spurts are on a consistent rhythm. I don’t know if he has an enlarged heart or not, and he was operated on a while back for a hernia that was pressing against his kidney release tube, and he would try to urinate but when trying, the hernia would press against that tube, and he would have problems getting released. He was operated on for that months ago, and thanks be to God he can urinate really good now, but the coughing, that continues from time to time, especially so after he drinks water it seems. Had it not been for the pain medicine I had here at the house to help him through those months of pain, before I was able to get the money for his operation, the poor little fellow could not have made it, and it made me hate life that I was even born into the world to see him have to suffer, so I brought him to a number of vets, and each one gave him (outlaw medicine). The strongest being: torbugesic, which one vet online, scolds other vets for giving, because it does not last long, so I kept him on Oxycontin, till I was able to get him the operation. I first went online, to find out that dogs can take all the pain medicine that we as humans take, except anything with tylenol (acetaminophen) , in it. I can’t take tylenol, so the oxycodone that I have to take for my illness, I was able to shave a small amount off of a tablet twice daily, and mix it with sugared water, and take an eye dropper and give it to him. I told the vet about this, and he had no problem at all with it. Had I not had this medicine, he would have suffered unbearable pain and misery, and may have died from high blood pressure, brought on by extreme pain. GETTING BACK TO THE COUGH. When Pepper starts to cough to much, I give him some oxycodone mixed with sugar water, and he seems to quit coughing altogether, and rest, and enjoy sleep. Believe me, all that coughing does pain them very much. If we as humans coughed that much, it would be like pulling bobwire out of your throat, so they need pain medicine for all that coughing, it helps them greatly. So if any of you out there have even hydrocodone cough medicine, such as tussinex, your chihuahua can take that too, but be very careful to only give them one drop, like a tear drop portion after you shake up the bottle, but make sure it does not have any tylenol in it, and if any of you have cancer, or back problems, and have oxycodone prescribed to you, you can shave a small, and I mean a small amount off the tablet, and mix it in a spoon with sugar water and give it to you pet, and they will get such releif, and love you all the more for it. But if you bring your pet to a vet for his cough, chances are , you will get outlaw medicine , such as tramadol, or torbugesic, which doesn’t last long. Your dog can even be given fentanyl, or morphine, but if you are on any of these, believe me, it has to be just a little scrape off the tab for your pet. Start off small, and when you see the relief come, and the cough stop, then you will know how much of a dose they need in the future. But if your dog coughs quite alot, don’t let any person tell you that your pet isn’t suffering pain, because consistent coughing even in humans causes a lot of pain and discomfit. There are some maladies in life that drs. cannot do much for, but only give you medicines to alleviate your suffering so you will have some quality of life left for your remaining days. This is the same concerning animals, sometimes, only good pain medicine and a lot of love does all the good to your pet that can be done for them. Once again, if any of you follow any of this to help out your pet with, please make sure that the medicine does not have any tylenol in it. I hope that this will be helpful to some of you.

  • 28 JOSEPH // Mar 23, 2010 at 12:51 am

    A few more words of advice. If you have to keep your pet on pain medicine for any length of time, make sure to get a stool softener to give them so they will be able to discharge without no straining to extreme. Also, once your chihuahua starts coughing, pick them up while they are coughing, with one hand under their rear, and as they cough, if you feel a bulge pop out, each time they cough, then your pet has a hernia that can be or eventually may impede them urinating, and if this isn’t taken care of, you pet will know what some of the worse pain ever they could ever suffer, and the operation costs about $2400.00, and they will need pain medicine before and after the operation for a while. I was truly blessed to find a vet to do the operation for around $400.00 . ENJOY YOUR PET.

  • 29 Joelle Aguilar // Apr 14, 2010 at 2:14 am

    I have a 1 and 1/2 year old female chihuahua mix and she seems to do the same kind of coughing that you are talking about. This happens even when there is nothing that is done. Most of the time, it happens when we are at my mother-in-law’s house outside. She doesn’t even do anything and this happens. I know you say to take them to the vet. But, I talked with my mom and her dog does the same and the vet told her not to worry about it. I don’t have a lot of money and am not able to take her to the vet right now. But, I want to know if I should be concerned.
    Thanks!

  • 30 Tanya // Apr 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    The most popular med is hydrocodone. I took mine to a specialist yesterday and got an echo. If a vet tells you “not to worry about it”, i would worry. Sorry, but money or no, you should be giving him/her meds. THere is a surgery but that is last resort. Hydrocodone is like cough medicine, but you need to take him/her to the vet, and not give Robitussin. That is just a quick fix. Many will need an antibiotic for any types of bacterial infections.

  • 31 Tanya // Apr 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Make sure you use a harness NOT a collar, this will make the problem much worse. Chihuahuas, by nature, should never have a collar, as it is too much work on their neck. Please make sure that their teeth are brushed on a regular basis, to prevent heart disease, as this is a consequence of the collapsed trachea.

  • 32 Linda // May 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Oxygen drops in your dogs water increases the oxygen in your dogs blood. The lack of oxygen leads to the enlarged heart.

    Try any type of oxygen drops. I use Dyanmo 2 for myself and my little boy.

  • 33 Mandi // May 18, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I Just Bought A 12 Week Old Toy Blue Chi. The Problem W/ Her Is That She Constantly Shakes. When She Eats, She’s Unable 2 B Still. When I Pick Her Up 2 Hold Her… It’s Like Tremors She Has. When She Walks, She Shakes. She Can Run When She Wants 2 & Play W/ My Min Pin But Why All The Shaking? I Live In Mississippi & i Read Up On How They Can Get Cold But Outside In The Heat, She Still Shakes & She Wears A Sweater Inside & A Shirt Outside. She’s A Short Haired BTW. She’s On My Sleeping On My Lap Right Now & She’s Calm Until I Move, She’ll Start Shaking… So, My ? Is… Will She Grow Out Of The Shaking/Tremors????

  • 34 famous chihuahua editor // May 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    you should read our chihuahua health fact called why do chihuahua puppies shiver

  • 35 Mandi // May 22, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Thanks :o)
    She Has Stopped Her Shaking & Has Become More Comfortable… I Guess It Was Because She Was Uncertain & Stressed Due 2 A New Home.

    BTW… Ur Website Is Great!!! (^_^)

  • 36 sofia's mom // May 24, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Thank you for sharing some great info. My chihuahua has the same problem. I thought she just had a hairball stuck in her throat. I always walked her with a collar because she escaped from a harness(she’s a wild one). Now I will have to train her to get used to a harness for her walks. Thanks again!

  • 37 Kirstie // Jul 26, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Hi my poor little chihuahua has been gagging nonstop for the past hour and i’m getting worried!!! He does wear a collar but I took it off of him and he’s still gagging and i’m getting really scared! I don’t have the money to take him to the vet. What do I do???

  • 38 cj // Jul 29, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    you love your dog you will think of a way to the vet, meantime go to a feed store and ask for pain medicine or antibiotic for your dog. ask a vet as to how much to give your dog.

  • 39 Myles' Moms // Jul 31, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    My 14 week old chi has been having problems breathing for a while now. We tried antibiotics hoping it was some respiratory infection but no avail. I got an xray this morning and there is fluid on his heart. Doc referred us to a specialist and said it was likely there is a birth defect. He is super tiny( and doc said this is common. Is it? What can I do?

  • 40 Liana // Aug 14, 2010 at 2:54 am

    I just lost my 10 year old Chihuahua Chico 2 days ago…It’s the most heartbreaking thing I have ever gone through…He had been doing that reverse sneeze for years..My vet said it’s almost like a post nasal drip..I brought him in about 2 months ago because he appeared to be choking and gagging..come to find out he had congestive heart failure..a partial collapsed lung ..a heart murmur..and an enlarged heart..I also brought him to a specialist..and he did an ecocardiogram..I have spent alot of money trying to keep him alive and comfortable…I would have spent my whole lifes savings if he could have lived a quality life…It’s been devistating…He was the love of my life…I found him passed away under my bed…We were just at the vet 2 days prior to his death..he told me that he didn’t see this coming..He seemed to be doing much better..that was not the case… So everyone please give your chihuahuas some extra love in honor of Chico…

  • 41 Kristy // Aug 29, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Hi, I have a 14 year old chihuahua diagnosed with collapsed trachea and partially collapsed lung almost 2 years ago.

    This year, 2010, she gave me quite a scare when she screamed, not cried, in the middle of the night. I picked her up from my bed and soothed her, thinking she was having a nightmare. She did this at least 3 more times, always at night while she was asleep.

    Last Wednesday evening, while she was dozing in bed, I saw her her neck stretch out, tilting her back until it curved like a banana, then let out this blood curdling scream. I immediately picked her up and tried to calm her down then put her in bed again. Then 5 minutes later, she did the same nightmarish scream again.

    Has this ever happened to any of your pet chihuahuas? I mentioned this to the Vet and he thinks my pet is having a stroke.

    Your input will be much appreciated.

    Kristy

  • 42 Veronica // Sep 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I have 2 chugs (both age 7), a new beagle pup and a full chihuahua (age 5) about 4 lbs. While we are familiar w the reverse sneeze having experienced that with the chugs and the chi, after our chugs and chi had vaccinations back in March at a roaming low cost vaccination service, we noticed the chi was not feeling well and doing the reverse sneeze as well as a terrible honking cough. The cough became more and more, he wasn’t sleeping, his eyes were weak – just a general malaise to his usual health and behavior. My son works at an animal hosp so on Easter morning, the vet on call saw JoJo and said he had a collapsed trachea from the nasal vaccination saying it could be a one time thing or something that could always bother him. Other than that, he is terribly healthy. She put him on tramadol for a few days to relax all those muscles and his trach and now he randomly has a quick episode – maybe 3 since Easter but lasted a few hrs and only one time did we need to medicate him again w the tramadol. It is very scary though when they have this cough but a good doc can diagnose and treat.

  • 43 bella's mom // Oct 19, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Hi, my chihuahua is 15 weeks old and after suffering from pneumonia at 10 weeks old. Has been left with this cough to the point that sometimes stretches her neck as if to bring something up but. Sometimes when she breaths I can hear like phlegm and shortly after she coughs like to clear her throat. Do you know if this could still be due to her pneumonia or could it be reverse sneezing. I would appreciate your reply. Thanks

  • 44 chigma // Oct 23, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I live in remote Northern New England. My chi has symptoms similar to the ones described above. My vet is not concerned and keeps telling me that when the weather gets colder, he should improve, but my instinct tells me I need to have him checked further. My question is…”How do I find a vet that would be familiar with Chihuahuas? As much as I love my vet, I feel I need to pursue this further. I am willing to travel to as far as Boston (or further for quality care.)

  • 45 Nancy // Oct 26, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Lucy, my best friend ever, makes noises that sound like a goose honking. It mostly seems to happen when she’s excited. She gets very happy when my son comes home. She starts running around, etc. Then that noise will start. Is the tracheal thing just something you have to live with?

  • 46 famous chihuahua editor // Oct 26, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Hi Nancy, you may want to read this information on why chihuahua snore and make snorting sounds

  • 47 Ginger // Nov 24, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    hey my chihuahua gotten better in the spring but after i gave my chi a Bordetella vaccination she is reverse sneezing way more than usuall,is it normal?anything i can do to help her?

  • 48 breanna // Jan 14, 2011 at 5:05 am

    hi everyone.. well i belive that my lil Tike.. has this problem.. i got him from one of my dads friends, and they had lil kids, ( 2, n 3) and i think that they had something to do with this becuz.. there dad said that the kids used to pick my dog up by the ears the neck the legs, watever!! it was sad.. but now sumtimes wen he eats he twiches his neck, and cries :( and he kinda coughs, n sneenzez at the same time. its a werid sound.. ;/ and i am just worried cuz, i dnt have the money to take him to the vet, and i dnt want him to die!!!! or b in pain.. :( so can sum1 plz help me!!!!!!!!

  • 49 JoAnn // Jan 23, 2011 at 12:28 am

    My 4 1/2 year old long haired chihuahua started 3 week ago with the coughing and gagging. I did’nt know what to do , I called the vet, but I did’nt have the money.The emergency vet told me about Care Credit, I called , got it and took my dog Chi Chi to the vet the same day. The vet gave me two meds, did’nt seem to help. I return a week later they took x-rays and saw his trachea was collapsed, put him on two more meds, but nothing seems to help.It get worst at night. What else can I do.I hate to see him suffer so much.

  • 50 Ruben // Mar 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    My dogs name is mimi, mimi has lost here mobility she’s lost here balance and falls one here side. I have taken mimi took the veteran, the tests they did, showed no infection of any kind. She’s does eat when I feed here by hand. The big question is has anyone also experience anything like this with your chihuahuas. thanks a sad but concerned owner.

  • 51 Teresa // Mar 14, 2011 at 6:58 am

    hello everyone with fellow chi’s
    if your dogs are sneezing watery eyes coughing and hacking up fur balls…..can be a COLD !! I have a 7 yr old with a very bad collapsed trachea and it was getting really bad for her….i took her to one vet that said oh sorry nothing we can do…..so we took her for a 2nd opinion and they advised us that she perhaps has a small cold and that this situation could be managed with meds……She does really well with Doxycycline and Hydroxine……one antibiotic and one for allergies…..it appears that underlying issues exacerbate the conditions as well….ie mine are Overweight and have allergies….if we can control those two exacerbators then we can keep it controlled…..fyi get antibiotics and it helps….clavamox doesn’t work as well as doxycycline…. :-)

  • 52 Angelmom // May 19, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I have a chi named Elvis, he is 1.. he does the hacking or wheezing and it is almost always after running or being excited. I stay calm, pet him, make him calm and it really works. Chi’s are alot of work they are worth it but people need to read about them before getting one they are cute but take alot of work.

  • 53 Stephanie williams // May 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I have a 4 year old chihuahua that does occasionally do the coughing/wheezing thing, I have given him mouth to mouth during it, and usually after a couple times, it clears it up and he gets very happy after he starts breathing normal again. I also talked to a friend who studied animals, and she told me that I was doing the right thing. i hope this helps some of you.

  • 54 susan sands // Jun 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    i have a little black chawawwa i found in the dumpster when passing by to go to work . I worked the grave shift it was a cold windy night but i heard a noise and reached in to pull out a little tiny rat,,,, the bar was not busy so i snuck away and got a bottle and kittens milk from c.v.s. and put it in her mouth with in an hour i realized it was a dog… are you crying yet? Anyway as i write this she is sitting on my shoulder and she too has the hacking problem i did not know what to do at first but our loving instincts must of kicked in ,,i pat her on the side of her neck ,and then a bit firmer until it stopped and it always stops . Since then i have shown others how to do it and the success of firmley patting on the side of there necks when this happens has been great and a little grateful dog looks up at me everytime with a tear in her eye to thank me and then needs to be held,,after all they dont understand whats just happened .. but they know you made it better, and thats good enough for her… she was 3 inches when i found her that night and she is 3 pounds full grown now .. I just want you all to know this little dog is the most kind ,loving polite dog to all humans and any strange animals… What a crime it was to find her in a dumpster .. SHAME to YOU WHO DID THAT,,,you were a fool,, this dog reminds me everyday how great i am , and wants to be with noone else ever i truly believe if anything ever happened to me she would prefer to die then to let anyone else ever love her… she is fabulous,,and iam humbled… susan c, sands

  • 55 susan sands // Jun 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    lians ..,,my condolences for your baby and you ..i could only read the first lines of what you wrote and iam crying , i fear the day that i know will happen for me and all of us.. there life spans are short,, i know these words offer you no comfort, But when one dog passes another needs to be rescued, they are abused because of there helplessness to fight,, your dog would never want you to cry.. but would want mommy to smile at the face of a new baby needing your love. i am so sorry for your loss…susan c. sands [email protected]

  • 56 susan sands // Jun 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    p.s. the baby i found in the dumpster ,,well her name is,, BABY..susan c sands

  • 57 branjae // Jun 24, 2011 at 7:49 am

    @kristy. strange my chi did the same thing once. it was a scream, scared me. i picked her up and she seemed dazed like she wasnt there..i walked around with her trying to stay calm and she shortly came to..i think she had a stroke but there is no way to tell because its over now. she also suffers from the reverse sneeze. she is almost 12 years old.

  • 58 francesca // Jul 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I HAVE A CHIHUAHUA NAME GRIZZLEY AND I NOTICE THAT HE WAS DOING SOME THING THAT I HAVE NEVER SEEN HIM DO HE START OUT WHINNING THIS MORNING AND JUMPING WHEN HE IS LAYING DOWN AS IF SOME ONE IS TOUCHING HIM AND LOOKING BACK AT HIS BUTT. WHEN HE TRYS TO GO TO SLEEP HE IS JUMPIN AND WHINNING COULD SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHAT IS GOING ON.

  • 59 Debbie // Jul 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I have a 10month old rescue Chihuahua who just had her 1st round of shots including Bordella and she just started that breathing problem today was the worst day. I rushed her into the vets they said she looked good. On the way there she did not have the problem even at the vets she didn’t soon as we got home she started again and it is continuios. Don’t know what to do. My question is she is to have surgery on Monday to be spaded. I am worried about stressing her right now what should I do.

  • 60 lisa // Aug 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    i have a dog named q-tip and he keeps coughing and weezing. im scared cuz he’s been doing it all day. i would really like so answers to my problems. we dont have enough money to take him to the vet. i love him soooo much i dont want anything to happen to him.

  • 61 Sharon // Sep 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    My 13 yr old Chihuahua is overweight and has the exact problem that Marcy does, that is the first time I found someone with a similar problem. My chi is keeping my husband and myself up all night with his gagging and coughing, he gags two or three times then tries to throw up and makes an awful sound, it’s dreadful. He drinks water and throws it up, arghhhhh! I just took him to the vet and he went through antibiotics for kennel cough, no help. Plus cough pills, no help. What now? I can’t take more sleepless nights.

  • 62 shannon // Sep 30, 2011 at 8:39 am

    my 10 yr old chi has been making snorting sounds and wheezing for years but it’s getting worse. It’s like she is sucking in with no air coming out. Her body becomes very tense and tight like a spasm. Sometimes she’s just breathing fairly normally when I hear this little wheeze. I don’t know how they treat this stuff but it sounds expensive.

  • 63 Jen Reynolds // Oct 8, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Reverse sneezing can be scary but it is very common in small breeds. This article is awesome as it explains it in detail. I have a 4 year old Chi that was abused and given to me. He snores all night and if he drinks water, gets really excited, or over does himself he “snorts” I know to just slow down with him and let him know he is going to be okay. I also rub his throat while I talk to him and it shortens the time of the “episodes” It is just something you have to deal with and while it is scary it is not something that will kill them. It is scary when it happens but if you get tense so will your dog. Just stay calm and talk to the little one :-)

  • 64 kenneth t. keyes // Oct 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Hi my name is Ken and my sister’s name is Lee. Would like to thank Susan Sands on her article down below. We got up this morning and I said to my sister; try patting her on the face like Susan said. Less than 10 seconds it started to work. It’s unbelievable. Now we just have to get the sneezing fixed somehow. She’s been sneezing about 30 to 40 times tonight. Sands // Jun 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm
    i have a little black chawawwa i found in the dumpster when passing by to go to work . I worked the grave shift it was a cold windy night but i heard a noise and reached in to pull out a little tiny rat,,,, the bar was not busy so i snuck away and got a bottle and kittens milk from c.v.s. and put it in her mouth with in an hour i realized it was a dog… are you crying yet? Anyway as i write this she is sitting on my shoulder and she too has the hacking problem i did not know what to do at first but our loving instincts must of kicked in ,,i pat her on the side of her neck ,and then a bit firmer until it stopped and it always stops . Since then i have shown others how to do it and the success of firmley patting on the side of there necks when this happens has been great and a little grateful dog looks up at me everytime with a tear in her eye to thank me and then needs to be held,,after all they dont understand whats just happened .. but they know you made it better, and thats good enough for her… she was 3 inches when i found her that night and she is 3 pounds full grown now .. I just want you all to know this little dog is the most kind ,loving polite dog to all humans and any strange animals… What a crime it was to find her in a dumpster .. SHAME to YOU WHO DID THAT,,,you were a fool,, this dog reminds me everyday how great i am , and wants to be with noone else ever i truly believe if anything ever happened to me she would prefer to die then to let anyone else ever love her… she is fabulous,,and iam humbled… susan c, sands

  • 65 Painting ferrets // Nov 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    My 12 yr old chi does this too, but the vet gave him a clean bill of health. i’m glad i know what this is now, thanks.

  • 66 Romena // Nov 24, 2011 at 12:53 am

    My Chi stevie has been suffering from Back pain. He is an Apple chi and he weights 14 lbs. is he too fat? I took him to the vet and she put him on diet and told me that he has fused invertibrate and gave him prednosone. i am worried for him. any suggestions

  • 67 kailyn // Nov 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I have read the above about chihuahuas with breathing issues and “a backwards sneeze” This is the symptoms to the T. I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to wat to ask the vet for to help the poor little guy cause I feel awful that he cant even be a dog without having these attacks.Please help my veternaring only said that it is fine and natural theres nothing I can do for him other then a huge surgery that will costs ALOT. There must be other ways to help him so that he can run and play like a normal dog.

  • 68 ray // Jan 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    we had to put down our 12 yr. old CHIHUAHUA due to micro prolapse valve and trachea collapse . she had been on heart meds for several years and did well. recently she started the reverse sneezing ( it came on quick) took to the vet and they put her on a drug to calm her down and surpress the coughing along with antibiotic , lasex etc. after a week of meds still no difference other than it doped her up so was able to get a couple hours sleep each night.

    she would start hacking when she got up and it could last 5 minutes to 25 minutes . she was in constant stress mode . took her back to vet and was told alot of her breed develope tumors and it would be difficult to pick this up with an xray.
    She was a good pet , hated to have her put to sleep but it was the right thing to do.

  • 69 ray // Jan 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    someone ask about sugery , in my area they send do a complete scope of the pet , including heart . kidney , lungs etc. if your pet is an elder or has other health problems they will likely refuse to do the stint . vet advised me that the sugery is not near 100% cure many develope others issues after a sugery. if they could have given me more positives about the sugery i would have probably went that direction.

  • 70 ray // Jan 18, 2012 at 9:05 am

    on my previous post i stated that our little CHIHUAHUA reverse sneezing came on quickly, in fact it came on slowly about a year before her trachia collapsed. the vet stated reverse sneezing was common for her breed and it only happend when she would get overly excited barking alot. she had micro prolapse and was taking enalapril daily. the collapse of her trachia came quickly , besides the enalapril the vet started her on lasix, torbutol and clavamox.

    nothing helped as her stressful gag and coughing was bad during the day and worse at night. besides being doped up she was still in stress mode when not coughing. the gag coughing could last 5 minutes to 30 minutes . she was put to sleep last week… our household was non smoking , never used a collar etc.

    the stint sugery was mentioned however the vet hospital advised being over 12 years old with a heart condition it would be risky even on a healthy dog this sugery may have after effects and is not a 100 percent cure as respiratory issues often follow. we miss our little Margo but feel we did the right thing.

  • 71 Carolyn // Jan 21, 2012 at 2:41 am

    i would like to say to pet owners, please do not use cleaning products on your floors and carpets. The animals walk on this, it soaks through their feet and into their bloodstream, not to mentiion the irritation they must experience to the skin on their feet. Please use vinegar, which is an excellent natural cleaner and rinse your floors with a clean mop. the animals will also absorb the chemicals by licking their feet, this cant be much fun for them, its like us spraying cleaner on a plate and licking it. Thankyou and bless all u pet owners

  • 72 marjoyce // Jan 25, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I have a chihuahua/poodle mix that that has this on occasion,it comes and goes. sometimes he will have this off & on for several days,then its gone for weeks. Now I have a little chihuahua that the first two weeks I had her,she was fine. Now she is also doing this. we don’t smoke or use alot of spray cleaners. would this come on that quickly?

  • 73 shannon // Feb 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    in response to the person that said dont use cleaning products on your floors if you have pets, id like to agree unless you are using an all natural, non-toxic cleaner such as Method. I love it, i use it on the floor and anywhere my chihuahua can reach :) lavendar and the melon one too smell amazing and clean very well!

  • 74 tracy // Feb 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    My 10 year old chihuahua named Tutu has had a heart mumur the vet noticed last year. Last week went to vet bc tutu was blotted. Vet toom xray noticed enlarged heart. Wr have echocardiogram scheduled with a specialist, cardiologist, not just a radiologist tech. We hike about 5 miles together 4 times a weeks. Tutu is very strong. Any comments.

  • 75 remi's mommy // Apr 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Thanks for the info remi has a reverse sneeze and i am so scared for her. but now i’m going to take her to a new vet. i was also told that it was nothing to worie about it would go away, i have had her for a year and three months now.it still happens to her all the time. when she sees someone she loves,or gets over exilerated. I don’t smoke or use spray cleaners so this site has been helpful.

  • 76 remi's mommy // Apr 13, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    i was just wondering if it is normal for them to snore my remi will wake the house. she is not over weight but she is so loud she wakes herself! i have two chihuahuas remi is 3 coco is 5 and they are both rescues, they were only going to be fosters but i just couldn’t give them up. coco snores also but not as much or loud. is this normal?

  • 77 Linda // May 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I am so surprised that no one has mentioned that when your tiny pal has a “reverse sneeze” all you have to do is gently pinch his nostrils closed and hold it shut to force him/her to draw a breath through their mouths. it opens the trachea and allows them to breathe. our tiny brown chi (hershey) has done this since he was young and he now knows to come to us when he needs help. we also gently stroke under his neck to encourage him to draw a breath. works like a charm! no medication needed and so simple. Hope this helps!!!!

  • 78 Kim // May 27, 2012 at 7:06 am

    we have a senior medium chihuahua.
    hE HAS COUGHING ATTACKS. THE LAST ONE
    WAS SO SEVERE THAT IT LASTED ALL NIGHT AND PART
    OF THE MORNING. hE SEEMS BETTER WHEN ONE OF US
    RUB HIS THROAT. iT SEEMS TO BECOMING MORE FREQUENT
    THE OLDER HE GETS.

  • 79 Donnie // May 30, 2012 at 1:44 am

    We have three chihuahua’s and all three have the “reverse sneezing.” The two oldest ones seem to have these attacks if they get excited. It usually only lasts a very short period or until they calm down. I was wondering if anyone else notices this.

  • 80 Renee & ROXY // Jul 24, 2012 at 10:23 am

    i just learned a technique that is effective “EVERYTIME’ she has one of her coughing and rev. sneezing spells: next time try this:
    with you hand (not fingers) place it over the top of her nose or cover the entire top of her nose area and gently press her nose and face down towards her chest. don’t cover her nose so she can’t breathe; just press towards her chest. you can pet or speak softly as you’re doing it. my puppy doesn’t seem to mind and becomes very calm when I do this. I hope this help

    I just “acquired” a puppy chi. from a dumpster who was so consumed with round and tapeworms it was astounding. I have finally have gotten rid of these pests but she still will not put on weight…I have tried cooking for her, bought her the best food money can buy, blue buffalo. high dollar treats etc. she takes one piece of food at a time and scatters it everywhere but doesn’t eat it. won’t eat chicken, meat or I mean NOTHING’! she’s been to the vet twice and had round 1 of her puppy shots. I’m going broke.
    wHAT CONCERNS ME THE MOST IS THAT WHEN SHE SNEEZES “ALOT” OF MUCAS AND THERE IS CLEARLY ALOT OF FLEM OR MUCAS IN HER CHEST (YOU CAN HEAR IT RATTLING” ALMOST SOUNDS LIKE A CHILDS, CROOP COUGH” i’VE TRIED TO 2 DIFF. ANTIBIOTICS BUT NOTHING SEEMS TO WORK..
    ANYONE HAVE A SUGGESTION i COULD TRY.

  • 81 Xena // Oct 5, 2012 at 11:21 am

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  • 82 famous chihuahua editor // Oct 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm

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  • 83 Kelly // Oct 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    The vet put my Chi on asthma med for collapsing trachea. Don’t see much difference.

  • 84 Star // Oct 24, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I HAVE A CHI THAT I RESCUED AFTER HE ALMOST GOT HIT BY A SEMITRUCK IN FRONT OF MY LAW OFFICE LAST WEEK. I HAVE NEVER HAD A LITTLE DOG BEFORE BUT FELL IN LOVE FAST. he is my constant sidekick, even goes to work with me. HE HAS LOTS OF WHEEZING problems and snores loud. i bought him a soft harness that is fairly loose and we walk slow so he does not get pulled. my question is this…how long does the wheezing usually last? should i be worried?

  • 85 CAROLD b // Dec 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    The more you love your pet…the more money the vet charges you….well that’s how it feels.
    Too bad vets are not like DR POL.

    vETS ARE OVER PRICING AND MANY TIMES THEY DO unnecessary TASKS: X-RAY $150…THIS & THAT $200….MORE THIS & THAT $400…IT ADDS UP .

    dR POL FIXES THE ANIMAL ON THE SPOT..IF THE ANIMAL NEEDS TO BE SPAYED/NEUT , biopsieD AND STITCHED dR POL DOES IT ALL IN ONE SITTING….NO RUN AROUNDS LIKE MOST VETS DO.
    vETS ARE THERE FOR THE MONEY THEN THE ANIMAL….ALMOST USELESS TO THEIR FIELD….SHAME

  • 86 melanie giancaspro // Dec 18, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    My 12 year old Chihuahua has been doing the coughing for years, he does it throughout the day but it gets worse at night. It usually happens about once a minute and it goes on all night until he falls asleep. Some nights it sounds like he’s trying to gag something up others it sounds like he’s gasping for air. It usually happens more in the winter, and here we are in the winter months. The very tells me it’s the collapsing trachea and that there’s nothing that we can do about it. Considering most chihuahua’s have this problem how do these little creatures live longer than most breeds? The vet doesn’t seem to feel like there’s anything that can be done, is there? I don’t have money but I would sell my soul if it meant keeping him well. Is he in pain when he has these spells? It seems like he is but more annoyed than anything. The vet once mentioned cough syrup with codeine, which I am very weary of due to knowing firsthand of the withdrawal from opioids, and codeine is an opioid. Please help me, I love him more than anything and can’t stand to think of him in pain. Thank you. Melanie

  • 87 BJ // Jan 14, 2013 at 7:36 am

    what about medical marijuana? I think if the trachea is relaxed and the dog stays relaxed it will prolong their life and not put so much stress on their heart from the coughing.

  • 88 Linda Starkey // Aug 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I have two male dEER CHIHUAHUA’S AND BOTH HAVE SHOWN SYMPTOMS OF TRACHEAL COLLAPSE. tHANKS FOR THE INFORMATION.

  • 89 Tresha // Sep 5, 2013 at 11:48 am

    There are a few things that can help your vet is always so quick to jump to its trachea collapse it’s normal and do offer any help if u call the company that makes robitussin they will tell you they are not FDA approved for pet use yet. For those who are giving advice to use codeine never use codeine products on pets my goodness it contains Tylenol a huge NoNo! You can insist on ur vet giving ur pet an anti inflammatory injection/med non steriods this will help with the irritation and most like inflammation causing the constant gagging n coughing and try some children benadryl liquid u can give up to 1ml but I thought that was alot these lil guys don’t like it and u don’t want to dry them out or make them sleep everyday I used 0.1ml not ( 1ml) daily for a wk after a dose of anti inflammatory med this was a life saver. Chihuahuas have allergies if they have all that drainage like us they will cough sneeze gag

  • 90 Bambismom // Nov 9, 2013 at 9:33 am

    When my 3 yr old chihuahua starts having problems I only use essential oils to heal her. They are safe and work quickly.

  • 91 Tina Leininger // Nov 11, 2013 at 9:59 am

    My 3 year old Chihuahua is making gargle noises occasionally . He is twirling his tongue around a lot. I took him to vet . They said everything looks good. He said its a mystery.
    No its not. My dog is 11 lbs. A little over weight. (Not a toy chi)
    He hates other dogs..broke free from his leash and attacked a dog over twice his size. The owner of the other dog started kicking him.
    I’m scared she really hurt him. What the heck.who kicks a dog.especially a tiny dog.
    I’m concerned his leash/collar collapsed his trachea. Or that the women kicking him did.
    Of coarse when at vet.he showed no symptoms.
    Twirling of tongue like peanut butter in mouth,
    Occasional gagging,breathing hard tgtogh nose.
    Any body ……..help.what is this.
    I went and bought a harness today I am so mad at myself for not doing it sooner.

  • 92 Laura // May 8, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Hi. My chihuahua Endo is now 14yrs old. He was diagnosed with having a collapsing trachea in 2011. He was prescribed hydrocodone cough syrup 2.5-5mg x2 daily. Works like a charm. Anything to keep him from coughing. Hope this helps. Btw, he is 10lbs.

  • 93 Laura // May 8, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Oh, and to the user who said that codeine contains Tylenol, no it doesn’t. Make sure your vet gives you hycodan. It does not have Tylenol in it!!! Its the only thing that would help my chi. Oh, the vet also told me to give him 1/4 teaspoon of children’s robitussin in the beginning but that never worked for me.

  • 94 bMCLEAN // Aug 22, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I have a 10 year old chihuahua and he has been doing the trachea collapse sneeze since he was about 1 year old. If you pay attention they do it when they seem to be real excited. Like when I come home for the day, when he is about to get a treat, or when we are getting up to go for a walk in the morning. i have to be kinda mean to him when i get home and say stop it! or his trachea will collapse, or i have to startle him when giving him a treat so he doesn’t get excited. Doing these little things seems to stop the onset of the trachea collapsing. now if he does start it i plug his nose with my finger for about 7 seconds and message his neck and back so he will relax. plugging his nose forces them to breath through their mouth and this will stop the collapse or lessen the amount of time they deal with this. so i plug his nose for about 7 seconds then let him breath or hack for 7 seconds then plug it again and do this until he stops. if he still does it more then a minute i will try and put some water on my finger and make him drink it. drinking can also cause his trachea to open up and relax, while also masssaging his back and neck. thats what i have been doing for 10 years. when i am not home i don’t know what he goes through. but usually he sleeps all day when i am not around so he doesn’t have those attacks.

  • 95 Benjamins mommies. // Sep 1, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Hello I have a 2 yr. old short haired chihuahua that I love more than I love myself and just 10 min ago he was all fine and then all of a sudden he just started to cry and so I picked him up just took him to a pillow and just held him thought it was his leg until I noticed him trying to keep his hick held super straight so I began to feel around and he just started crying so loud and sad. I freaked out and just don’t know what to do I massaged him and he seems to feel a lot better but I can tell he is very uncomfortable and he hurts any idea what it is and what can I do to help my Benji baby.

  • 96 ED FERRETT // Sep 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    I wonder how many of these little friends have been nutered, spaded or operated on for a medical problem. i had four extremely healthy, loveable, playfull little chihuahuas. two were 6-years old and two were 3-years old. all four had no physical problems. the los angeles county dog haters passed a law, that if i wanted to keep them, i would have to have them sterilized. they gave me a lot of b/s that it would make them healthyer and live longer. i complied with their law and had it done. i took the two yonger to one vet and the two older ones to a differeny vet. i brought the two 3-year olds home first. several days later the little male jumped up on my lap and died. the little feamale became a paranoid and vicious little dog. she ues to like laying on my lap and be petted. now if i tried to pick her up, she would try to bite me and run off and hide. she started to poop on my carpet, she was afraid to go outside. i have a large fenced back yard and a doggie door that they normally use. when i brought the two older dogs home they were coughing (i though they pick up kennel cough). the vet said no, it was from when they were sterilized. their trachea was damaged by the hose stuck in their throat while being operated on. the little feamale is worse than the male because the feamale takes longer than the male to operate on. i was lucky with the feamale as i saw her stager over to her bed, she started to climb into it and fell over. i rushed over and picked her up she was dead, no pules. i started “cpr” and managed to bring her back to life again. if i had the money, i would hire an attorney and sue the county for forcing me to distroy four little lives.

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