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Ok. So I'm extremely new at this and I need some reassurance =]

After Lucy zooms around the house a little bit and drinks some water, she breathes really funny- kind of raspy or wheezey. It makes me a little afraid, like she can't get enough air? Anybody heard of this?

I'd appreciate replies and advice

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Jessica
 

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All I can say that the exact same thing happens with Catcher. I figure he is breathing hard and drinking the water too fast and some may go down wrong and sort of choke him .... ? It only lasts a few seconds....
 

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Originally posted by Kallie/Catcher's Mom@Feb 6 2005, 12:55 PM
All I can say that the exact same thing happens with Catcher. I figure he is breathing hard and drinking the water too fast and some may go down wrong and sort of choke him ....  ?  It only lasts a few seconds....
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Yeah, thank goodness it only lasts a few seconds =\ I just get worried sometimes, you know? Anyways thanks for letting me know, I figured it was something like that.
 

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Originally posted by puppylucy+Feb 6 2005, 12:58 PM-->
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All I can say that the exact same thing happens with Catcher. I figure he is breathing hard and drinking the water too fast and some may go down wrong and sort of choke him ....  ?  It only lasts a few seconds....
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Yeah, thank goodness it only lasts a few seconds =\ I just get worried sometimes, you know? Anyways thanks for letting me know, I figured it was something like that.
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Don't feel bad for being worried..... Loving these babies makes us worry.... we can't help it!!!
 

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Originally posted by Kallie/Catcher's Mom@Feb 6 2005, 12:55 PM
All I can say that the exact same thing happens with Catcher. I figure he is breathing hard and drinking the water too fast and some may go down wrong and sort of choke him ....  ?  It only lasts a few seconds....
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Yeah, it happens when Brinkley does that too...
 

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Ya, it's nothing to worry about. It's what they call reverse sneezing. It happens to them when they get too excited or drinking, I too think the water goes down the wrong way. That's why I mostly use a water bottle, but even with the bottle he manages to have the water go the wrong way.
 

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yes that is exactly what it is...it is caused from having a weak trachea. dogs have rings of cartilage that make up their trachea, but they dont form a complete cirlcle like humans do. they are C's. in small breed dogs it is common for this cartilage to be weak and sometimes the trachea collapases on them. a good way to make them stop the "spasam" is to pinch their nose and force them to breathe out of their mouth. but it is nothing to worry about unless it starts to occur more often, even when your pup is not excited, and then they start to turn blue. this situation would be an emergency, and would prob. need surgery to strangthen the rings of cartilage.
 

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Lady Montava, that's interesting as well as reassuring. I like learning things like this from you. Have we told you yet how great you're gonna be?!
 

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Originally posted by Carol Ann@Feb 6 2005, 08:12 PM
Lady Montava, that's interesting as well as reassuring. I like learning things like this from you. Have we told you yet how great you're gonna be?! 

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thanks..glad i didnt bore u with technical info
i like people to be informed!
 

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On the subject of weak tracheas, make sure you always use a harness on your Malt and not a collar which can cause collapsing tracheas.
 

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Originally posted by MomtwoMaltmuffins@Feb 7 2005, 11:42 AM
Also a good idea is elevating the water dish so they do not have to bend their little necks to drink water.

We elevated Digby's food and water dishes and we have noticed a difference.
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That makes a lot of sense :]

I'll definitely try that

Thanks
 
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