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Alana
29th May 2012, 02:07 PM
Bella has had a cough for about 2 months now. She was on a dose of antibiotics and it went away for about a week and then came back. She went on a different dose of antibiotic drug and it did nothing. The vet thinks it is dynamic airway disease. Its out common in Cavaliers? I think she may be jumping the gun a bit. Do you think I should get a second opinion first?

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ashleighelizabeth
29th May 2012, 04:34 PM
I don't know anything about dynamic airway disease, but I think it never hurts to get a second opinion if you feel uncertain about the diagnosis. I hope Bella starts feeling better soon. Sonny sends hugs. :hug:

MomObvious
29th May 2012, 04:37 PM
I always go to this site FIRST when I'm looking info on cavalier health. Here's what I found

http://www.cavalierhealth.org/brachycephalic.htm

I know Rod is around here somewhere I'm sure he's the one to ask.


Melissa

Lani
29th May 2012, 05:11 PM
I have never heard it called Dynamic Airway Disease, but have heard of BAOS (the link posted above) and know several Cavaliers who had it.

The breed is definitely pre-disposed to it. Hopefully it turns out to be something simpler to treat.

What is your vet recommending for treatment?

RodRussell
29th May 2012, 05:16 PM
Bella has had a cough for about 2 months now. She was on a dose of antibiotics and it went away for about a week and then came back. She went on a different dose of antibiotic drug and it did nothing. The vet thinks it is dynamic airway disease. ...Tapatalk

Cavaliers can have airway disorders, but I've never heard of "dynamic airway disease". The general term used to identify the airway disorders of cavaliers is "brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome" or BAOS. I don't think a cough is a common symptom of any of the categories of BAOS.

I would have a specialist examine Bella. That would be an ear-nose-throat specialist. That would be a board certified veterinary small animal internal medicine specialist. You may find them in the US and Canada at http://www.acvim.org/websites/acvim/index.php?p=3

Oops! Can't say that link would work for Australia, but I guess you get the idea.

Alana
30th May 2012, 01:06 PM
The vet said she thinks her trachea collapses, however why would it suddenly start two months ago. She doesn't have any symptoms listed on that site, she heaves then coughs then gags and sometimes she sneezes. If is was this disease the vet said why would it stop for a week after the first dose of antibiotics. I am thinking kennel cough and the first dose of antibiotics worked but wasn't a long enough course.

Also the vet thought it may be allergies, however we tried a few different anti-histamines and none worked.

RodRussell
30th May 2012, 02:25 PM
Tracheal collapse is another form of BAOS. It is similar to laryngeal collapse (http://cavalierhealth.org/brachycephalic.htm#Laryngeal_Collapse) but because tracheal collapse is not very common among cavailers, it is not included on that website. Details about tracheal collapse are discussed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracheal_collapse

AND: I just came upon this webpage via Twitter: http://amcny.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/managing-tracheal-collapse-in-your-dog/
It is right on point.

Furrfoot
31st May 2012, 04:14 AM
The vet said she thinks her trachea collapses, however why would it suddenly start two months ago. She doesn't have any symptoms listed on that site, she heaves then coughs then gags and sometimes she sneezes. If is was this disease the vet said why would it stop for a week after the first dose of antibiotics. I am thinking kennel cough and the first dose of antibiotics worked but wasn't a long enough course.

Also the vet thought it may be allergies, however we tried a few different anti-histamines and none worked.

Heaving, coughing, gagging and then sneezing almost sounds like a sinus infection that is draining down the back of her throat, vs. out her nose. Sinus infections can be difficult to treat, even with oral antibiotics, so IMHO, I would ask for a longer round of the antibiotic that was working and a second opinion. Hope she's feeling better soon!

lindylou
31st May 2012, 09:44 AM
hi
i hope bella get better soon
it's so worrying when they are not well
sending kisses and cuddles to bella from louie and his mum

Alana
31st May 2012, 10:14 AM
Oh and another thing, she has swollen glands just below her jaw/neck....sounds like an infection to me too.