• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

my dog has started hacking ... ??

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • my dog has started hacking ... ??

    so i have a 1.5 yr old aussie/catahoula who, about 2 weeks ago, started hacking. periodically throughout the day and night, hacking up and only occassionally ever producing spit. it started out sounding like some sort of acid reflux and now is more frequent and a little more aggressive sounding. its not really coughs, more like involuntary hacking up a hairball.

    i first thought maybe it was her food. she had been on iams but she didnt like it so we tried a little bag of beneful when she started doing this. i switched her to blue buffalo wilderness, so higher protein/lower fat and grain free. also added stomach soother twice a day and have broken up meals to more smaller feedings.

    she has no fever, has had normal appetite and activity level. has not been anywhere or in contact with any new dogs. anyone have any ideas? i read about kennel cough and dont think thats it. am hoping it doesnt sound like some sort heart problem ... thx in advance for any advice/suggestions.

  • #2
    If your dog has been hacking for nearly two weeks, and it is only getting worse, I would recommend making an appointment with your Veterinarian.
    If wishes were horses then beggars would ride...
    DLA: Draft Lovers Anonymous
    Originally posted by talkofthetown
    As in, the majikal butterfly-fahting gypsy vanners.

    Comment


    • #3
      I would visit the vet too. Our old ACD mix was doing that a while ago, along with some funny snuffling noises when breathing in, she sounded like a pig. I was concerned about some foreign body or something. Because of her age (14), our vet thought it was better to give her an anti-inflammatory and some antibiotics for a few days rather than going right to a scope, which would require sedation. We never did know what was wrong with her, but Previcox and Simplicef did clear it up over the course of a week.

      Comment

      • Original Poster

        #4
        i am having her looked at wednesday but am not able to make it sooner. and it has only gotten so worse in the past couple days. i was trying to do some research to help her on my own. ill have her looked at, but didnt know if anyone had any ideas?

        Comment


        • #5
          I hate to say it, and hopefully it is not an issue, but, heartworm causes hacking/coughing - has she been kept up to date on heartworm meds? Jingles for her and you.

          Comment


          • #6
            It could be a lot of different things. Some examples, heartworm (yes it does cause a hacking cough sometimes), allergies, sinus infection, collapsible trachea (although usually only happens in the toy breeds), etc. Only a vet can determine the cause and then recommend a treatment. Good luck!

            Comment


            • #7
              Dogs with infected tonsils will also gag alot...if infection has been ruled out, make sure your vet checks this. I have had two dogs that had to have their tonsils removed. Who woulda thunk it.

              Comment


              • #8
                So would kennel cough and sounding more aggressive means it might be turning into pneumonia. I would not wait until Wednesday no matter what.
                "We, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit." JFK

                Comment

                • Original Poster

                  #9
                  i highly doubt it is kennel cough or pneumonia as her only symptom is hacking. no fever, listlessness, nasal discharge, lack of activity or lessened activity level. she has a bright eye and good coat, no belly disstension or soreness palpating anywhere. the hacking has actually been better today, slightly. i stopped giving her stomach soother.

                  thanks for the advice. unfortunately i am unable to take her anywhere til wednesday. she is not uncomfortable. if she were dragging on the floor oozing snot it would be a different story, but she seems fine in all other respects. but, i am worried about something more serious like heart or lung problems. :/

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    My now 10 year old labrador had kennel cough when she was a puppy and she did not lose her appetite until much later in the process. She developed the snotty nose later, nor did she ooze from her eyes. I would be more worried about some kind of bacterial infection or severe allergies rather than heart or lung problems. If she is bright and active why would you suspect that?
                    "We, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit." JFK

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      I am most definitely not a vet, but could she possibly have something stuck in her throat? I think it is good you are taking her in on Wednesday.

                      Comment

                      • Original Poster

                        #12
                        i worry that its 'something more serious' because of her lack of outward symptoms. a lot of what i have read said that hacking and coughing can be early signs of heart problems, which i read somewhere that aussies have more incidents of.

                        if there were a foreign body, i kind of think by now i would have seen maybe some blood or sensitivity to touch or maybe trouble swallowing? i guess a possibility still.

                        ive not seen allergies in dogs. but when i had allergies i got weepy eyes and runny nose. could she have allergies just with hacking? i havent noticed anything blooming yet but that could be it, perhaps.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          In an old dog, I'd be concerned about congestive heart failure. Coughing is a symptom. Definitely see a vet, and make sure they listen to her heart.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by saaskya View Post
                            i worry that its 'something more serious' because of her lack of outward symptoms. a lot of what i have read said that hacking and coughing can be early signs of heart problems, which i read somewhere that aussies have more incidents of.

                            if there were a foreign body, i kind of think by now i would have seen maybe some blood or sensitivity to touch or maybe trouble swallowing? i guess a possibility still.

                            ive not seen allergies in dogs. but when i had allergies i got weepy eyes and runny nose. could she have allergies just with hacking? i havent noticed anything blooming yet but that could be it, perhaps.
                            What made me think of allergies was that she started this after you fed her the Beneful which is just chock full of dyes and preservatives, nevermind the issue of grains that she could or could not be allergic to. One would think that might have resolved but you did say that feeding her less and smaller meals has helped. I hope it does not have to do with any kind of pyloric opening inflammation, but that could be it, and that it was started by the Beneful and just unresolved as of yet. Sometime allergies can do some weird things and they cross react with proteins in some foods and the current seasonal plant that is pollinating.

                            If she had congestive heart failure she would for sure have lost her activity level and brightness.
                            "We, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit." JFK

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              disregard my earlier post...I read the age as 15, not 1.5 yrs.

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                My older JRT got snotty and started hacking after we switched to TOTW, turned out to be a food allergy. It took her a while to develop the symptoms after switching but they were resolved rather quickly when we switched her to a fish based food. She was outwardly the same perky JRT, high energy, played with our younger GSD-x (he's 11x her size so when she plays with him we know she's feeling well), still went for her walk every day and hunted in the backyard, she was just snotty and hacking while she did it (hacking happened mostly at night). There were a few other cues it was a food allergy, she would rub her head on the ground after dinner, and very intermittently chew on her paws but by and large the most apparent symptoms were the hacking and snottiness. Sometimes dogs are allergic to unexpected things, in her case it turned out to be lamb.

                                Comment


                                • #17
                                  Where do you live? I lost my cocker almost two years ago to blastomycosis. She was misdiagnosed with a bronchial infection, the antibiotics allowed the fungal infection to progress rapidly. By the time she was properly diagnosed (x-ray, x-ray, x-ray), it was too late to treat. I could have tried to treat, but the odds were too great against her. We lost her in May 2010.

                                  Don't mess around with whatever it is!

                                  Comment


                                  • #18
                                    There are also regional diseases, in the Southwest there is Valley Fever. And allergy season seems to be coming early this year. Plus, I've known animals (and humans) who were allergic to air fresheners, and since many are automatic spray, or plugins that are always on this could be it too.
                                    You can't fix stupid-Ron White

                                    Comment


                                    • #19
                                      Update?

                                      Comment

                                      Working...
                                      X