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My 50# male coon dog/beagle mix started to wheeze intensely

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My 50# ***** coon dog/beagle mix started to wheeze intensely last night(he wheezes @ night most evenings) & have a honking goose sound for 5-6 repetitions & then gag & bring up phlegm. This would happen every 20 minutes or so. It is continuing today-any ideas?
Thank you.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

It sounds like he might be having an allergic reaction causing a reverse sneeze.

CLICK HERE for video of a reverse sneeze, often described as a honking noise.

You can try a few things to see if you note any improvement:

- steam of the shower will help dilate the airways and reduce the spasms and inflammatory response
- benadryl in the evenings at 1 mg/ pound every 8 hours or just in the evenings to reduce the allergic component, it may cause mild sedation...
- I also have some success with a light pressure on the larynx which is the thicker part of the trachea that is spasming to force a swallow response. With my little dogs over time I start to say "swallow" as I massage and they have developed the ability to swallow on their own with this technique and I don't have to help them stop the behavior

I hope this makes sense but please let me know how else I can assist you both today!

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thank you Dr. Altman. We will use your remedies-we appreciate your fast response.
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

You are very welcome, please let me know if I can do anything else for you both!

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 2 years ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today, I am online an additional 30 minutes this evening.