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Hello, and thanks for writing in.
Is he sniffing anything in particular, or just sniffing around more than normal?
no like snuffling making a noise out of his nose or mouth, like we sniff when we have a cold.
Thanks for your reply.
There are a few possible causes for this, including early symptoms of a respiratory infection (even with vaccines being current), nasal irritation, nasal foreign material, allergies, to name a few. I would not be too concerned about this, unless you start to see nasal discharge, he becomes lethargic, has lack of appetite, or has additional abnormal symptoms (coughing, sneezing, abnormal breathing, etc.) Also, if the snuffling does not go away after several days, then it would be worth going to your veterinarian for an exam, just to see if there is more going on that needs to be addressed.
I hope this helps.
It's also possible that he could be having what is called a "reverse sneeze", which is a spasm in the back of the throat that can be caused by many things (irritation, allergies, mites, etc.) But, it's hard to say for certain without actually examining him. I would watch him closely, and if he becomes short of breath again, you may not want to wait to get him examined, just to play it safe. In the meantime, you may want to keep his activity somewhat restricted, as exertion can make problems like this worse.
Let me know if I can help further.
You're welcome - glad to be here to help out. Keep a close eye on him, and get him looked at if the problem persists or worsens in the next couple days.