Fri, May 10, 2024
Difficulty in breathing

My dog has difficulty breathing sometimes because of his tracheal collapse. hes mostly fine just has coughing fits when its dusty, gets excited, or climbs the stairs too fast. today he threw this up after a fit. should i take him in?

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Tracheal collapse in dogs is a condition where the tracheal rings, which should hold the trachea open, are weakened or deformed, leading to a narrowing of the tracheal lumen. This can cause difficulty breathing, coughing fits, and sometimes vomiting, especially after bouts of coughing as you've described.

The vomiting you've observed could be a result of the intense coughing irritating the throat and triggering a gag reflex, leading to the expulsion of stomach contents. It's important to ensure that the vomit does not contain blood or is not coffee-ground in appearance, as these could indicate more serious conditions.

Remember, if your dog's breathing difficulties worsen, if he becomes lethargic, refuses to eat, or if the vomiting becomes more frequent or contains blood, these are signs that immediate veterinary care is needed. In the event of an emergency, such as your dog being unable to breathe or losing consciousness, take him to a veterinary hospital immediately.

Given his multiple symptoms, I would recommend taking him to the vet.

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