Help. My maltese is 3 years old and today I noticed that he has episodes where he makes snorting/coughing sounds - sort of as if he were gasping for air. He wags his tail when he does this and does not appear disturbed by it but I certainly am. Is this an emergency since he is not in distress and they are very sporadic? or should I take him to the vet immediately? I remember that other dogs I have owned have had episodes like this and were fine. Any suggestions as to what to do or what it could be? Maybe a hair ball??? He does lick his paws a lot??
You might want to search through this section and find any topics that might apply to you and your dog, I know these symptoms have been covered many times before. Bring your dogs symptoms up at your next vet visit.
A drug person can learn to cope with things like seeing their dead grandmother crawling up their leg with a knife in her teeth. But no one should be asked to handle this trip.
I have shih tzus and Silkie terriers, they both seem to do the same thing when they get excited. I'm not sure what it is...but I relax them when they do it and it seems to stop fairly quick and then they go about their business. I think it could possibly be some sort of esophogial spasm.
Typical of many small breeds. It's usually a "reverse sneeze" and in most cases nothing to worry about so long as it clears and the dog's getting air. I've also worked with dogs that did this and we'd gently pinch their nostrils together for about 3-4 seconds and that seemed to help. The dog didn't like it but it worked. Sometimes it's due to some phlegm but if he's okay otherwise, he sounds good to go especially where he clears it himself.
My maltese/bichon mix does this werid snort hacking werid sound and she has a trecia problem- It has been getting worse and happens about every day and didnt start out this way- Her back legs go limp and she will drag herself over to one of us and i will hold her and rub her throat untill it stops- I need to get her back into the vet for this and im assuming since it has gotton alot worse that she will have to have surgery to have this corrected-
My 21 month old puppy has reversed sneezing. He had an episode last night and I tried the pinching of the nostrils and it worked wonders. The "attack" seem to stop as I started to pinch the nostril. Thanks for the tip.
I have a maltese (Murray) and he does this. Murray has a collapsed trachea (in which I have to massage everyday in order for him not to cough so much or to choke) from previous bouts of kennel cough better known as a ***BACKWARD SNEEZE/REVERSE SNEEZE***. I would speak to your vet regarding this,and make sure your baby is up to date on bordertella vac. Now my Mur-Mur does have puppy dreams and it scared me to death at first, I rushed him to the vet because he was shaking in his sleep, he looked like he was having a seizure, but no, just puppy dreams. Better safe than sorry!!!!
Daisy my mini dachshund had 3 episodes of reverse sneezing one night and I was so worried, I almost took her to emergency but it cleared up. She also has very "vivid" dreams, when she makes all sorts of funny doggy noises and she "runs" in her sleep, but she's always had them so I'm used to it.
These very different conditions are why important to have your vet diagnose these symptoms. We cannot diagnose your pet over the Internet even if we did have a degree, as you can see, some people don't even know what they are talking about. It can be dangerous to give advice when that is the case.
I always recommend capturing your dogs episode on video for your vet since it probably isn't a regular occurrence and your dog may not have an episode in the office.
My 2 1/2 yr old Jack Russell Terrier has started having these episodes over only the past two or three weeks. It sounds like what you are describing as a reverse sneeze...but why would it have only developed now? Should I be worried that it is something more?