Hi all,

First i want to say how happy I am to be a member :) My pug Tyson is 12 and a half, and has just been diagnosed with collapsed trachea. A long story short, he is currently on "Chorin - Tracheal Collapse Elixir" which costs a bloody fortune but seems to be helping but has a very phlegmy cough when an episode hits - I saw alot of people mentioning lemon water to cut the phlegm - im wondering what concentration? I have real lemons, and will probably have to use the syringe to make him drink it as he does NOT like it :).

Thank you and big hugs to all of you and your pugs 


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Katharine, can you try googling this, I found that there is a lot of information out there. Other wise I would try him on a weak solution and move upward as you see how things go.  I know what you mean about medicine costing a fortune but do not take him off until you find if this actually works. His is a serious but unfortunately in Pugs a common problem.

Check out the Discussions under health though I have to say I cannot remember seeing this.

Thanks Helena I will do that :) . I tried giving him some yesterday (lemon water) and he actually drank it on his own! and it did seem to help with the cough, and I'm continuing with the elixir (price is no object when it comes to my Tyson lol) I just feel so bad watching him go through this. Any advice and tips from the wonderful people here are more than welcome, and again thanks :)

It is a pleasure Katharine, it is dreadful what happens to our great dogs. Mine it is sudden onset cataracts and too young to have to go blind.

Im so sorry Helena - actually Tyson got them when he was 11 but within a year he is almost totally blind - due to his age they did not recommend the surgery - how old is your furbaby?

He is now eight and heading for his ninth birthday in October. We were fortunate that this was caught because he was and is attending an Optical Vet due to Entropion not being caught for years and him developing pigment in his eyes. The eye which has had surgery is the one with the most pigment and having cut back on the drops on his advice we have found that the pigment is growing again. So back to the two drops a day in his left eye. Presently his right eye, the catarct has not developed and we are sort of hoping that it remains that way. We also had a fright last year about now because the pressure in both his eyes had increased and they feared Glaucoma,fortunately turned out to be his blood pressure had increased due to too much supervising of the builders on our site, we are presently living on a small building site, Hektor is one boy and a half.

How is Tyson doing? Is the lemon water helping?


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