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Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am going to attach a video here of a dog doing what is called a reverse sneeze- can you watch it and tell me if this is similar to what your dog is doing?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXDledRQ7y4
Lol, ok then. Is there any way you can do a video of the behavior and post it later? I realize you may not be able to right now, but I can check on here later. Is he otherwise breathing normally in between these episodes?
Ok, do you think you may be able to record it at some point and post it?
Do you have a smart phone/ iphone that can record short videos?
If you do, you can do a short video on there, and then you can follow these directions from this link to post it:
or email it to***@******.*** to have them load it for you...
If you are able to figure that out, I am happy to take a look at a video of the noise. Otherwise, it is really difficult, as you can imagine, for me to evaluate it!!! I can tell you that some dogs do make funny snorting noises that are completely normal for them. Some are just more vocal and have a wider range of noises than others. If he is otherwise normal and not having these episodes when he is just laying there, it may be part of his normal vocalizations. If he is, however, lethargic, having difficulty breathing at other times, has any discharge from his nose, is coughing/sneezing, has a decreased appetite then it could be a sign that something else is going on and he needs an exam.
I hope this helps a little and lets you know things to watch for that would be a sign it may be something of concern!
How long after you got him did it start?
Does anyone smoke in the house? Do you have a fireplace or wood burning stove? Do you use air fresheners or burn scented candles? Have you recently shampooed your carpeting?
Ok, great job finding something that sounds similar! This is the same syndrome I sent you the link for, but in a shorter faced dog it can sound a little more snorty! Here is an article on reverse sneezing:
oftentimes it doesnt require treatment but if it is happening more frequently, you can try a course of antihistamines, such as benadryl or zyrtec (available over the counter) or hydroxyzine (available at your vet). It is possible with the change in seasons it could be allergy induced.
If it starts to happen with increased frequency or he develops any of the symptoms I mentioned earlier (lethargic, having difficulty breathing at other times, has any discharge from his nose, is coughing/sneezing, has a decreased appetite ), then he should be examined by your vet.
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