So, Pebbles is apparantly experiencing a reverse sneeze. She started yesterday around 6:30 & I didn't think it was a big deal until her "episodes" continued for hours. I looked everything up online and recorded her sound and body language, just in case she stopped before she was seen by her doctor. So anyway, I was planning on scheduling an appointment with her regular doctor (for today), but got scared and away to the e-vet we went!
We weren't even there an hour, but she looked so miserable and they were so frequent...I guess I just wanted to be sure. So the doctor basically thought it was a waste to bring her in for a reverse sneeze, but I wasn't sure. Now I need to figure out what the trigger is at home. I can't think of any changes, but I'm going home to clean everything I can think of. She prescribed an antihistamine.
By the way, the vist plus medicine came up to $90, which I don't feel badly about because it gave me peace.
Sorry to be so long...just wanted to share my first *and hopefully last* e-vet visit.
Yeah, Ali. The initial exam was $65 and my mind immediately thought back to older posts on here about their trips...so I guess I'm thankful, for lack of a better word. I couldn't believe her medicine was $25.
Reverse sneezing can be scary when they first do it. Georgie used to do it but kind of outgrew it. She only does it occasionally now. Mostly, outside when she has inhaled some dust or pollen.
Our E vet costs us $75 one time with Jackson when he ate a bad mushroom and they examined him and he was doing well enough we did not go further. He got a second mushroom and few months later and it ended up costing $400 by the time we were done with an overnight stay, ivs, meds and the next day at the regular vet for more iv's. We really watch out for mushrooms because we can't tell by looking if they are bad.
The changes in the season could be triggering the reverse sneeze. When she has an episode if you would take her in your arms and hold two fingers over her nostrils until she breathes out of her mouth it usually stops the episode. It is so common in small dogs it isn't even funny. Doesn't matter how short their little nose is. Many people contribute this to the flat faced pups but it is not the case.
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Thanks for the replies! Seren, I actually tried to massage her throat and holding the fingers over her nostrils. It didn't seem to do anything. It was very scary. She seems fine now. I'll only give her the medicine *if* she has another episode like Tuesday's.
Oh yea, I thought about pollen too, but we've had so much rain lately.
So anyway, we're all cool now...thanks again for the replies :)
My oldest Chihuahua started having that problem a few months back and this is what the vet along with some other information said to do. It doesn't hurt them as bad as you think when they do this. It is like what we have when we have hickups. Hold their nose so that they have to breath out of their mouth. It takes about 3-5 seconds most of the time. Also you can try and rub the back of their neck to calm them down and breath.
Another thing I do when my dog has an episode, if it seems he is excited and having hard time regaining his composure is to blow a quick puff of air in his nose.
Reasons it seems my dog goes off are extreme changes in weather, some scents, spicy foods or just getting a little overly excited.
That lady was a jerk to talk to you like that, at least you cared enough for your pet to do something about her being uncomfortable, which is more than can be said for a lot of pet owners. Glad little Pebb's is all straightened out!
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Mia does this from time to time and yes, yes, YES, it was very frightening, especially the first time. It still is if it lasts longer than usual, even if just a few more seconds.
What my vet reccomended & I have found to work is... Blow into her nose - that shoots the air back through their nasal passage and causes whatever is blocking and causes the "sneeze" to kinda of fix itself. You may try that next time?
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Since you have a "breakable" dog, I'm not sure if this will work. But, when Mollie has the hiccups, I pat her chest/ribs, this usually causes her to hack and burp, which clears the air out. My SIL's yorki does this all the time, it sounds like an anxiety attack. We were told he does this for attention, and when picked up and soothed he stops. I think its scary for the dog too.