How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask DrRalston Your Own Question
DrRalston
DrRalston, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 2205
Experience:  Over twelve years of internal medicine, surgery, and preventive care.
47051559
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
DrRalston is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My dog makes a weird noise when he breaths. It sounds like

Resolved Question:

My dog makes a weird noise when he breaths. It sounds like he is snoring. Is this normal. He is a Yorkie.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  DrRalston replied 5 years ago.
Hello, welcome to JustAnswer! I am a Veterinarian and will help you right away!

Hmm... can you see video? Does it look or sound something like this?

Just click the link.

Reverse Sneeze
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Yes, that is what he is doing. Does that have anything to do with the scratching he also does?
Expert:  DrRalston replied 5 years ago.
It really can be related. I think that he is doing what is called a reverse sneeze.

It is often caused by allergies, and allergic stimulation of the airway.

Sometimes if you pinch the nose when they are doing it, it will make them stop this noise.

It does not harm them at all. It just looks scary.

Some people have used benedryl at 1 mg per pound every 12 hours to help prevent this.
DrRalston and 3 other Dog Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you