Hello my name is XXXXX XXXXX X have been in the dog field for 25 years
and it will be my pleasure to help you today.
Is the breathing labored or is he breathing heavy or much differently than normal? Raspy?
Thank you for that information. IF her nose was runny and it was a color like green or yellow then you would worry about infection.
Did anything happen today that may make you think something is going on?
Can you take her temperature rectally , any thermometer will do
Can you tell me what color her gums are?
Okay great! everything is pretty normal . if there were infection there would probably be fever. Normal temp for a dog is 100.5 to 102.5 Gums should be pink , if they were pale , white blue or gray that would be cause for concern. IF they are blue or gray that means there might not be enough oxygen going through the body.
If you press your fingers on her gums and release quickly, they will turn white for a second, please tell me how long it takes them to go back to pink once you release
That is normal, anything over that would be an emergency
Yes I would keep an eye on her, if her breathing is labored that can indicate pain, short breaths in and out can indicate pain. I am going to direct you to a site that will tell you what normal vital signs are and you should take them when she is at rest so you know what is normal for her.
Here you can read causes for nasal discharge http://www.petplace.com/dogs/sneezing-and-nasal-discharge-in-dogs/page1.aspx
This could be what we call a reverse sneeze. It lasts for a few seconds to a couple minutes and the dog may suck in air quickly through the nose and sound like it is gagging on something. If you rub under the neck and the episode subsides sooner then you will know that is the problem
It is thought to be related to allergies
As for the other dog I would recommend just watching her because if you need to make an ER trip and they want to give meds whatever you give now may interfere with what a Doctor would want to give. Has she been exposed to any ticks that you know of?
Let me find you a video of that
here you will see a dog going through a reverse sneeze some seem more violent than others
So then the fatty tumor could be causing her to be uncomfortable and if this is the case it is wise to see your vet to determine what to do.
If they do not interfere with the dogs daily activities then nothing is done
but if she is showing discomfort because of one then maybe it is time to do something.
Does she have a bed or sleep on the floor?
I might suggest one of the memory foam dog beds for her so it conforms to her body in case the tumors are causing discomfort. This way there will be less pressure on sore areas. You can put that right on the couch or the foot of the bed for her
You are welcome. Is there anything else I can do for you?
May I send a free follow up with you for a week and see how Riley is doing?
Great I will sign off with you now if we are finished and set that up. You will receive a note in your email from JA from me
you are welcome, good night:)