Yesterday Ace was running around playing and he started to inhale very rapidly but it sounded like he couldn't breath or catch his breath. It was a wheezy "phlegmy" (sp) sound...it just seemed like he was gasping for air. It was very scary. Do you think it was reverse sneezing? If so, is there any where to prevent it from happening and is it a bad thing that it happens. I mean, is it a genetic thing since I got him from a pet store?
it could just be him clearing his nose but if it happens after he exercises it could be ashma or a trachea problem. if it happens again i would take him to the vet and depending on what they think it is, there may be something you can do for it. (although there isnt much you can do for the trachea and i dont think that there is much that you need to do for ashma as long as it is mild)
Hey Ace, I've been having breathing(coughing, gagging) problems with Toby the past 2 weeks also. I thing I might be taking him to the vet tomorrow. I am going away for labor day weekend and leaving him with my brother and sister-in-law and I need to make sure everything is allright with him before I go away. He has seemed to be fine today. It's hard to describe what it sounds like when he does it. I wouldn't say it's a reverse sneeze though, more like coughing up a hairball.
Thanks Emma, when I bring Ace to the vet on the 9th of September for his flea/tick stuff I will also get an appt. to find out what's going on. Wendy-have fun on vacation! Keep me posted on what the vet says about Toby. =D
Yes, it is reverse sneezing. All dogs do it, mostly toy breeds or no-muzzle dogs (Pugs, Pekingese, etc.) Allie has that, too! ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596 *FrostyGirl will not be silenced!*
Rudy has been doing that too lately. Sounds like he's coughing up a hairball. Kinda freaked me out at first because he never did it before. What Allie said makes sense. Mine is a toy and a no muzzle. Nikki
Do you guys think Toby has a muzzle? Is it just the squishy faced dogs that don't have a muzzle? He looks like he has one to me, but I don't know exactly the requirements of muzzle or not. He is a toy. Here is his picture, you guys tell me what you think. http://www.dogster.com/?56140 I ask because he has been having some coughing/gagging episodes lately and I'm worried.
Misha my min. poodle has that. She is 8 years now and it doesn't happen very often anymore. It's often caused by nose Mites.. they get it from sniffing somewhere another dog with mites has sniffed. This is really not unusual, most dogs specialy toy breeds have it.. The mites cause the nose to get somewhat "stuffed" when highly active it can cause the dog to have to stop and "inhale" to reduce the stuffyness.. It is often folowed with a cough.. kind of like when we have a cold. It's treatable but I wouldn't bother I've treated misha a couple times but she always gets it back anyhow. Nothing to be worried about. As I said it hardly happens now so it reduces with age as well when misha was about 4-5 it practacly stopped. now it can happen once-twice a year when she's been really active.
I was told to blow into their nose when this happens. Mia has done this from time to time and that always ends it. My vet said by blowing in through their nasal passage, you are forceing that "block" of air back where it belongs.
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