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My dog keeps making breathing noises like he's trying to

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my dog keeps making breathing noises like he's trying to hack something, he's done it before but he's doing it several times now
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 10 months ago.

Hi there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with dogs and cats. I'm sorry to hear that Sammy has been having a breathing issue tonight - I'll do my best to help.

If this is ongoing - do you think that you could get a video? If not, I understand. I know that it can be very difficult to accurately describe an odd episode like this. One thing that dogs do commonly that scares owners is what we call a reverse sneeze. Here's what it looks like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3L4v0W2_Sw

Reverse sneezing indicates that something is "ticking" the back of their nose and throat. It's rarely indicative of anything serious.

If this is more of a cough (a forceful expiration of air rather than snorting or inspiring), then there are a lot of things that can make a dog cough including viral or bacterial infections (think like a cold in us), bronchitis, collapsing trachea, heart disease, or less likely cancer. Milder infectious types of cough usually pass on their own with time and TLC. If Sammy's gums seem pale, blue, or purple in color or he's having any respiratory distress, those are red flags that indicate the need for emergency veterinary care.

Please let me know what questions I can answer for you.

~Dr. Sara

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