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Old 10-12-2012, 03:02 PM
SpiritedShepherds SpiritedShepherds is offline
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Default Weak trachea genetic?

My 10 month old Aussie has been coughing since she was a pup. First I thought it was kennel cough but it wasn't. She coughs any time there is pressure on her throat. I stopped showing her because the slip lead would induce coughing. The vet does not feel that she has a collapsed trachea, but rather a weakened one that is just more prone to inducing a cough than a normal trachea. It doesn't take much pressure to get her coughing. I have her on a chest harness to walk now. The vet prescribed doxy just to see if it would help so we are going to start that. Should this be reason for having her spayed or is it unclear if this is genetic or not? She has been passing all other health tests so far and will be getting titled in obedience and rally next year. I want to put her back in the show ring as well, but can't if she is going to cough.

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