Has anyone had experience with trachea collapse in their Coton?

by Linda D
(Goodyear, AZ)

My little girl is now 6 years old. When she was about 4 she started coughing which sounds like a fog horn or goose. We rub her throat and give her water and it stops. It doesn't happen every day but maybe once or twice a month. She has also developed a slight wheeze when she sleeps. I am worried that she might be experiencing trachea collapse. She is otherwise a healthy and active Coton.


I googled the symptoms and it appears that her symptoms match trachea collapse. I will have her examined by our vet, but would like to hear from anyone who has had this happen to their Coton.

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Jul 15, 2017
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Trachea colapse NEW
by: Iris

Our dogs can experience trachea injuies from wearing a leash attached to the collar. The collar needs to be loose enough fior you to comfortably slip two fingers through it, and your dog should have the lesh attached to a well fitting harness so they cant pull on leash and choke themselves (like the do with a leash attached to and pulling the collar against their throat. )
Still,,please have your Vet check it.
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Feb 16, 2017
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trachea collapse? NEW
by: sherry cotton candie

Sounds like the reverse sneezing which so many do experience and I would always use a harness NEVER just a collar for walks. When I got my first coton the breeder really stressed the importance of not using collar except for ID purpose.

My 6 year old has a slight heart murmur and when excited or really tired she will have a slight cough, this concerns me as well but hard sometimes to keep her calmed down.

I hope your vet visit goes well and that is is just the reverse sneeze. Good luck and please let us know how things are going.

Feb 16, 2017
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Trachael Collapse or Reverse Sneezing NEW
by: Linda D

Thanks to everyone who provided information for me. I did Google Reverse Sneeze, and my Coton may be experiencing it. She does extend her neck with her head high, and it helps if we rub her throat gently.

I will ask our vet on her next visit and will post the vet's diagnosis.

Feb 15, 2017
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Reverse sneeze NEW
by: Kim

I just looked up on Wikipedia "dog reverse sneeze" gives great easy to understand definition and information...you will see at bottom of page differential diagnosis "trachea collapse" just thought this may help those who wish to check it out! Wearing a collar verses a vest does not appear in the definition or information.

Feb 15, 2017
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Reverse Sneeze!! NEW
by: Kim

No need to panic as others have said ..first time I heard this was my daughter's beagle! It was alarming but no ill effects usually when excited. Then I got my two cotons and they both do it! Not all the time occasionally ...no ill effects!

Feb 14, 2017
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Trachea collapse or not? NEW
by: Bentley's Mom

Before you get too paniced about the nois3s your dog is making....google REVERSE SNEEZE. This is something my Coton will do once in awhile. It sounds awful, but the dog recovers with o ill effects. It happens alot when they get excited.

Feb 14, 2017
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by: Mary Bertram

Have not heard of that but is it prevalent in this breed?
If so, we need to be sure to not put collars, but rather chest bands when walking our little pooches right from the start!
I don't know if that helps avoid this or not. Would like to hear from others.

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