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Old 12-14-2010, 11:06 PM
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Ryley has just started at a new day care and gets so excited when we drop him off and pick him up that he pulls so hard on the leash that he chokes. Now he has developed a cough and gag whenever he gets excited or exerts himself - like during play time. We have since bought him a harness with the D ring at the chest and I really don't suspect kennel cough so could he have an injured trachea that requires a vet visit? Anyone ever experience this and if so, what did you do?
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Old 12-14-2010, 11:18 PM
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Interesting! I would definitely be interested in what the vet says...if you take him in, please share! I hope he's feeling better soon.
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Old 12-14-2010, 11:24 PM
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We bought the Easy Walk harness with the D ring in front because Tucker did this too. But it is strange how your pup is still coughing... he may have scratched his trachea, and it still hasnt healed fully. Kennel cough would be constant, not just when he gets excited. I would recommend taking him in just to be safe. Best wishes and woofs, keep us posted!!
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I hope that he hasnt injured his trachea too bad and gets back to normal.
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It is actually very easy to damage the trachea by pulling on a leash against a collar, especially if it is some sort of metal or choke chain collar, but it can happen with a regular collar as well. Definitely take your dog to the vet--the damage can be permanent! Your vet will probably take an xray to check for damage.

We tried the Gentle Leader and switch to the Easy Harness with our Toby to prevent injury to the trachea because he pulls when excited.
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Yikes- hope there is no injury!
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I would almost bet he has a mild case of kennel cough.
One of the ways you check for it is to put pressure on the trachea, if they cough, it's quite likely to be kennel cough. Try putting your hands around his neck and gently squeezing the front of his neck. See what happens.
The symptoms you describe are classic.
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I would almost bet he has a mild case of kennel cough.
One of the ways you check for it is to put pressure on the trachea, if they cough, it's quite likely to be kennel cough. Try putting your hands around his neck and gently squeezing the front of his neck. See what happens.
The symptoms you describe are classic.
I agree.

The earliest signs of kennel cough would be your dog coughing because of any pressure on his neck or any excitement. In a day or two, it will develop so your dog is waking you up at night because of constant coughing.

That is what I noticed when Jacks had kc a few months ago. Took two weeks to clear up.

If it is kennel cough, it's great that you have that harness. I read that while the dog is sick and everything's swollen up, any pulling or pressure on the throat with a regular collar could injure his trachea.
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Interesting. I know a lot of small breeds seem to have this problem...
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I would ask the vet about this.
Does Ryley have the bordatella which protects against Kennel Cough?
If not and he is in day care, I think it could be kennel cough.
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