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You can see I posted some months ago about Pumpkin, who is still with us, certainly not worse, no more terrifying episodes, but he still has this hacking goose-like cough when excited. He takes the prednisone (not sure if it is the same as hyrdrocodone) very occasionally, what works best when he is looking really stressed with it is to hold him close under a cold shower with a fan going overhead or in a swimming pool (thank Heavens we live in the tropics), to cool him down, and this really works.
He also was prescribed valium - a relaxant, I guess - when he was recovering from an extreme episode, but I wouldn't want him on that for any length of time, and anaesthesia is an issue.
It seems this is a genetic predisposition to which pugs with their squashy faces and breathing apparatus are particularly prone. I guess I wouldn't be doing too much exercise which causes the breathing apparatus to swell, flaps to close over. For Pumpkin, cool and calm is the order of the day.
Please keep posting! And good luck with your puggy girl.
Just diagnosed in my 6 year old male.. I am devastated
I have to agree with you regarding Steroids, Charles. Too many Vets still see this as a cure all. I have a friend with a two year old chocolate Lab who had been on them since she developed allergies as a small pup. I have given my friend some of my words of wisdom and helped out with Rio's itchy paws, it is amazing what Athletes foot cream will do.
I do not have a Pug with a collapsed trachea, but I know how bad it is. I did have one also with a hacking cough in old age but his was Congestive Heart Failure. To have to listen to a dog cough and have difficulty breathing is so hard.