Do Pomeranians typically have gasping and coughing issues? One Vet said: collaps

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  1. janet331 profile image61
    janet331posted 8 years ago

    Do Pomeranians typically have gasping and coughing issues? One Vet said: collapsed trachea.

    She is two years old and it is really bad when she drinks or eats too fast and gets
    overly excited. Since she had three pups last July, it isn't as frequent but it was aweful while she was pregnant. Another vet treated her for allergies, but that just made her sleepy.

  2. Areopagus_AW profile image48
    Areopagus_AWposted 8 years ago

    I have a Pomeranian and occasionally he will cough when he drinks to fast, but other then that he is usually OK. He just has to settle back down and then he's fine again. However I also noticed that if the water is really cold he does it and if the water is warmer he is less likely to have the cough. Just a thought. You should take her back to the vet and have her throat scoped. This should provide you with more information as to why your dog is having these problems.

  3. cparks profile image51
    cparksposted 8 years ago

    Absolutely they do.  I have a pom, a "non"-breeder type, who has suffered from extreme coughing spasms and breathing problems since we got her.  She's about six years old now.  Our vet said that the collapsed trachea is definately a problem with poms.  When she gets really bad, we give her some ice cream (barely a spoonful) to coat her throat.  She "honks" whenever excited or scared.  She also snores really loud.  They said it can get worse, I'm just hoping it does not.

  4. pippap profile image85
    pippapposted 8 years ago

    The love of my life and my fiercest protector is a pom.  Pomeranians do have various breathing problems.  One thing they do is the "reverse snort".  They make this horrible snorting noise on the inhale.  This usually happens when she is overly excited, eating or drinking too fast, overexerting herself, gets overheated or breathing in really cold air.

    She also has asthma which terrifies me everytime she has an attack.  Pomeranians' tracheas are very sensitive and can damage easily.  Hayley (my pom) snores so loud she can wake me up at night.

    Whenever she has an attack - asthma or reverse snorting - I gently rub her throat while talking to her in a soothing, calming voice.  It always works; but, it always scare me too.

    A pom should never wear a collar because of the delicate natures of their esophogus, trachea and other neck structures - always a halter.

  5. Jennifer D. profile image75
    Jennifer D.posted 8 years ago

    Small breeds such as Pomeranians and Yorkshire Terriers do often have problems with collapsing tracheas. Depending on the severity of the condition and with your vet's diagnosis, there is treatment available. One surgical option is the placement of tracheal rings which essentially build up the structure of the trachea so that collapse doesn't happen. At two years of age, she might benefit from this procedure as she is young. You should get her spayed. Collapsing trachea is not something you want to pass on to a litter of pups. Breeding should be done to improve the breed, and it sounds as if she does not have the qualities to improve the population of Poms. Good luck!

  6. profile image44
    debw6051posted 7 years ago

    If there is a way to have this corrected do so as soon as possible. My precious chihuahua passed at age 4 because his previous owner had no idea of what his coughing problem was. By the time it happened with me it was too advanced to save him.

  7. afriqnet profile image51
    afriqnetposted 7 years ago

    My Fellow Vet was certainly right from my practice I have had that concern one or two times. Basically that is a  symptom of a collapsed trachea, a health problem found almost exclusively in Toy and other miniature dog breeds.Highest risk breeds are Chihuahuas, Italian Greyhounds, Maltese, Pomeranians, Toy Poodles and Yorkshire Terriers. The trachea or windpipe is held open by rings of cartilage.When the cartilage weakens, the trachea begins to collapse and the amount of air that can get through is severely restricted.Heat, humidity and excitement augment the condition. I hope that answers your questions
    Dr Joe Njenga

  8. alexadry profile image93
    alexadryposted 6 years ago

    Learn what collapsed trachea is, how to prevent it, and treatment options. read more

  9. ttrimm profile image58
    ttrimmposted 4 years ago

    First of all, I am no doctor. Having said that, I had a pomeranian with that issue.

    For his whole life, I thought he had a collapsed trachea. I NEVER put a collar on him, made sure he wasn't fat, but never took him to the vet.

    Turns out he had pretty bad asthma. I believe that, because of the untreated asthma, it contributed to his heart disease.


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